This past week I had the opportunity to attend the 2019 SEDA conference “Intersections for Growth.”Our Economic Development Officer Lindsay Alliban was also there, and we had the opportunity to listen to a variety of speakers on many good topics such as:
- Economic Outlook: Challenges and opportunities ahead for Canada.
- Growing from Within – dealt with approaches to economic development and sustainability for communities.
- How to scale up your community and region.
- Reimagining Opportunities – dealt with technological change and the future of small-town Saskatchewan.
I also had the opportunity to participate in the Thrive Sask Pannel discussion. Gull Lake along with a few other communities was selected to participate in a Thrive Sask Program last year. The panel discussion gave participants to talk about the program and things that have gone well and things that could be improved.
I also had the opportunity to be a part of the Awards of Excellence presentation. The Town of Maple Creek along with Cypress Hills Destination Area Inc. and Town of Gull Lake received SEDA Award of Excellence for Marketing during the Intersections for Growth Conference.
The Town of Gull Lake together with other southwest municipalities, tourism operators, parks, and other businesses belong to the Cypress Hills Destination Area. The CHDA main goal is to encourage people to explore South West Saskatchewan to see what our area has to offer our area to a variety of markets across Canada and the rest of the World. It was a great conference with lots of ideas and information that can be shared with our Economic Development Committee.