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PAGE 4 THE ANCHOR, MONDAY, OCTOBER 13, 2014

Regional partners join effort to beautify downtown



by Adrienne Tait p e o p l e w i t h a encourage growth and
representative from each promote pride within the
In order to encourage o f a v a r i e t y o f community.
local business owners to stakeholders including H o l u b o c h s a i d ,
beautify their store fronts Town of Edson-director “ B e a u t i f y i n g y o u r
the Edson and District of community services, business not only shows
Chamber of Commerce is chamber president, citizens that you care
spearheading a joint effort c h a m b e r e x e c u t i v e about your community
with community and d i r e c t o r , A l b e r t a a n d h o w y o u a r e
regional partners to T r a n s p o r t a t i o n , perceived, but also draws
beautify the downtown Yellowhead County people who don't live
core. council, and key members here, into your business. It
During the October 7 of the community who shows your consumer that
town council meeting have a vested interest in not only do you care about
Chamber representatives Edson's beautification. your business, but you
Wendy Holuboch and The Edson and District probably care about your
Katrina Goldie presented Recycling Society's Anne customer.
council members with an Auriat was named as “The chamber decided
overview of what they someone who would be that being the voice of the
hope the committee will considered a huge asset to businesses, we would be a
look like as well as what the board because of the perfect fit to drive this
they believe can be work she does within the initiative. We have an
accomplished. community. The existing existing relationship with
One of the beautification committee will make final business that we would
initiatives already being decisions on who will sit like to expand on.
addressed is the ability to on the committee. Beautification is a huge
obtain funding. The Chamber executive part of encouraging local
Town of Edson offers a director Wendy Holuboch growth, and it also gives
$5,000 grant to business said, “We have looked at the chamber the ability to
owners who comply with the existing plan (from build our relationship
the current beautification 2005) and there are lots with the town.”
plan. However, because that we don't agree with, Councillors Gomukwa
the grant is a matching so we have compiled a and Boyce both expressed
grant the business owner public survey that we will their approval of the
also has to invest $5,000 b e f a n n i n g o u t initiative being revisited
to the improvements. everywhere. Our goal is but suggested that the
With a newly explored to get as many responses initiative would be better
p a r t n e r s h i p w i t h as possible, so we can s e r v e d i f i t w a s
Community Futures, come up with our own community or citizen
business owners may now p l a n . O u r s e c o n d driven rather than town
be eligible for a low immediate goal is to have directed.
interest loan from a look at the existing The possibility of
Community futures to beautification grant appointed representatives
help owners fulfill their offered by the town and from town council and
share of the $5,000. In make it more user friendly staff will be discussed by
addition to being low for our businesses.” council members and if
interest Community C o m m u n i t y a p p r o v e d w i l l b e
Futures has also agreed to beautification projects a p p o i n t e d a t t h e
waive the standard fees. exist in a number of upcoming organizational
Goldie told council they formats in communities meeting.
are hoping to keep the across the province. Such
committee under 12 projects are considered to
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