Chamber holds 2024 AGM | DrumhellerMail
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Chamber holds 2024 AGM

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The Drumheller and District Chamber of Commerce has a new board member, and three positions filled.
The Chamber held its Annual General Meeting at the Badlands Community Facility on Wednesday, March 27. The Chamber saw Lisa Magee of ProPlan Financial Group/The Cooperators re-elected to another term, as was Brandi Schneider of Drumheller Registries. The Chamber also welcomed Jaco La Grange of Barry James LPP as its newest board member.
The Chamber has 11 directors. Under its current bylaws, there are 13 positions.
It has been a busy year for the Chamber of Commerce, and part of that is reviewing its bylaws, which have not been updated since 2006.
“The intent of the review is to ensure that the bylaws reflect currency operations, improve reliability and comply with the Boards of Trade Act,” explains Executive Director Heather Bitz in her report. “The act is federal legislation that our chamber is incorporated under. Our bylaws must adhere to the requirements of the act.”
The Chamber has also begun the process of creating a new strategic plan that identifies success indicators, objectives and tasks that will lead them through the next three years.
Chamber membership remains strong with 240 members, including welcoming 24 new members.
In its advocacy efforts, it submitted correspondence regarding paid parking, downtown road closures related to events, and downtown streetlight outages. It has also provided letters of support for its members and partners for a variety of projects.
The Building Enhancement grant, a partnership among the Chamber, the Town of Drumheller, and Community Futures continues to be successful, and in 2023, it provided $35,000 to support 13 projects.
The World's Largest Dinosaur (WLD) also had a strong year, welcoming 139,599 visitors.
This was the second busiest year for Tyra, only down 1.2 per cent from 2022.
Tyra also received a little TLC. F&D Scene Changes were on site for four weeks in the fall, doing maintenance to address corrosion on the steel interior structure.
The WLD also saw a growth in revenue over 2022 with gains in admissions and sales.
The Visitor Information Centre supported 33,483 in-person visitors. It also provided visitor services via email, telephone and social media.
In 2023 it introduced its digital kiosk, which will help supplement its services.

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