This year Town Council is working on the creation of a strategic plan to plan for the future needs of our community. One of the most important needs identified in the “Community Needs Assessment” was for Council to focus on economic development. While we need to look for ways to draw new businesses to town, we also need to concentrate on business retention, and expansion requirements of existing businesses.
Myself, Councilors Lavoie, and Haithwaite will be attending a Planning 101 Workshop in Swift Current this Wednesday. The workshop is designed to provide participants with information necessary to facilitate growth and development. I will also be attending a preconference workshop in Saskatoon on May 2nd, 2017 “21st Century Business Retention and Expansion” where I will learn the process of de-signing a Business Retention and Expansion approach to suit the needs of local business in our community. The Saskatchewan Economic Development Association “Creating Intersections for Growth Conference” follows May 3rd and 4th, 2017.
Council will use the information gained through these educational opportunities to plan for the future economic development needs of our community.