The Town of Drumheller’s economic development department has been honoured by its peers, picking up two awards for its efforts.
Communications Officer for the Town of Drumheller, Julia Fielding, attended the Economic Developers Alberta (EDA) Conference from April 3-5 and the town won the Business Retention and Expansion Award for a small community and the Alex Metcalfe Award “best of the best” community project. The town won for Business Retention and Expansion.
“The award was for the TIBRE (Tourism Industry Retention and Expansion, project last year,” explains Fielding. “This is where Travel Drumheller, the Chamber, and the town worked together. We identified tourism businesses and went out to interview them to learn about the state of their business and what issues they had.”
“What we have done is used that information to look at what programs and policies that need changing and updating.”
This was a pilot program.
“It is great for the town to be recognized across Alberta. We are doing excellent economic development work and it is fantastic for us as a small town to get the recognition,” she said.
“The best part of the award is we are all working together for the same aim. We can look at what the tourism business is like in Drumheller and how we move forward.”
She was also heartened by the amount of volunteer support they received taking on the project.