Economic Development Committee members went on a downtown empty building tour this afternoon. The tour included stops at The Advance, Brick Building (Proton Ave and Main Street), Old Co-op, 76 Ranch House, and Wong Guy Shoe Shop. The committee viewed the buildings to see what businesses could be a good fit, square footage, cost, condition and so on.
The group will be able to use the information from the tour to see what potential businesses could occupy the empty buildings. This was an important first step for the EDC as part of their mandate is to attract new business to Gull Lake.
Yesterday members from local businesses, organizations, and municipalities attended the Thrive Sask Workshop at the Gull Lake Community Hall. The workshop was facilitated by Heritage Saskatchewan and the Saskatchewan Economic Development Association. Participants started with an exercise on intangible cultural heritage that helped participants connect with whom we are as a community.
In the planning session, the group identified three priorities it wants to accomplish over the next 90 days. The three key priorities are as follows:
- Utilization of Vacant Buildings in the Downtown.
- Look for Ways to Stimulate Local Jobs.
- Help Existing Businesses
The tasks needed to complete the goals were identified and placed in 30, 60, and 90-daytime frames depending on when they need to be completed.
The Gull Lake Economic Development Committee will take the lead and work with participants help to complete tasks. The plan is ambitious, and the EDC will be busy in the coming days and weeks as they work on tasks. We will keep you posted on their plans and tasks as they move forward.
One week from today! Thrive Sask Gull Lake Planning and Visioning workshop from 8:30am-4:30pm! If you are interested in being part of this action group- please contact Lindsay Alliban (306) 741=3775 or Blake Campbell (306)672-7499 ASAP!
Purpose: Bring together a local Leadership Committee (Gull Lake Economic Development) with
motivated community members(Local organization reps, businesses owners) for a one day
Visioning and Action planning Session. The session will be co-facilitated by Heritage
Saskatchewan and SEDA(Saskatchewan Economic Development Association).
We will capture the essence of the community or group – past, present and most importantly – where it aims to bed in the future.Establishing a minimum of three priorities and associated action plans to achieve the vision will be an essential component of the fast moving one day process.
This session will help our community reach new heights in the areas of :
Community LEADERSHIP; Community ECONOMIC VITALITY;
Community PLACEMAKING; and Community PROMOTION
Gull Lake Economic Development Committee
There were 4,200 new jobs created in Saskatchewan in March when compared to February (seasonally adjusted), a 0.7 per cent increase and highest percentage increase among the provinces. The national percentage increase month-to-month was 0.2 per cent.
There were 562,700 people employed in March, 1,500 more than in March 2017. Female employment hit a record high for the month of March at 264,400.
The unemployment rate in March for the province was 5.8 per cent (seasonally adjusted), down from 6.1 per cent a year ago. Saskatchewan had the fourth lowest unemployment rate among provinces in March. Nationally, the unemployment rate was also 5.8 per cent.
“The increase in job numbers is really good news for the Saskatchewan economy,” Immigration and Career Training Minister Jeremy Harrison said. “Recent indicators showing that Saskatchewan leads the nation in growth in manufacturing sales in January, and urban housing starts over the first two months of the year, in addition to month-to-month job growth in March, confirms our economy is positioned for growth in 2018.”
Other March highlights include:
Major year-over-year gains were reported for transportation and warehousing up 3,600; health care and social assistance up 2,500; forestry, fishing, mining, oil and gas up 2,400.
Youth unemployment rate was the third lowest among provinces at 11 per cent (seasonally adjusted).
Source: Strong Job Growth In March