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Tour of Alberta endeavouring to secure Edson as a host site

by Adrienne Tait volunteers.
According to Tour of
If the Tour of Alberta Alberta executive
representatives are d i r e c t o r D u a n e
successful in their Vienneau, in 2013 the
endeavour to secure Tour of Alberta made a
Edson as a host site for $24 million economic
the 2015 Tour of impact, generated 172
Alberta, Edson will play person years of full time
host to world class equivalent employment,
cyclists next September. 3509 hotel room nights
But the prestige of being from race operations
a host city comes at a personnel, drew an
price. estimated 204,000
The Tour of Alberta spectators across its
charges start host cities various host locations,
$100,000 and cities that 41 million television
host a finishing leg of viewers from around the
the race $150,000. world and reached
Grande Prairie and the approximately 180
County of Grande million households.
Prairie have been The race itself covers
confirmed as host sites 730 kilometres of road, Tour of Alberta executive director Duane Vienneau and director of operations presented town council
for both starts and and has 120 cyclists with an opportunity to become a Tour of Alberta host community. Viennea said, “For one day it's like you
finishes on days one and from 19 different are hosting the Grey Cup.” Photo: Adrienne Tait
two. The tour is looking countries, 130 caravan
at Grande Cache as a vehicles, 20 motor exciting.” committee of the whole Should the county The Tour of Alberta
host start city and Jasper marshals, 300 local and Vienneau had met meeting earlier in the day approve both requests representatives would
as the finish for day provincial police, and p r e v i o u s l y w i t h and had encouraged t h e y w o u l d b e l i k e t o h a v e a
three. The tour would 3,000 volunteers. representatives from the councillors to attend the r e s p o n s i b l e f o r commitment from the
then come to Edson to “These are the exact town and Yellowhead town meeting in order to $125,000. communities by the end
host the fourth day start same cyclists as are at the County and said he be better informed Although no county of October but were told
before moving towards Tour de France,” said u n d e r s t o o d t h a t before the Tour of councillors attended the that would be unlikely
the Edmonton area. Vienneau. $100,000 “might be a Alberta representatives meeting, Ramme was because as a rule neither
What the Tour of As part of the tour they l i t t l e r i c h s o w e come before county t h e r e a n d a s k e d the town council nor
Alberta offers in return also bring a travelling approached your friends council. Vienneau what would county council make
is international media festival and encourage at the county and are Both Edson, who is happen should county financial decisions at the
coverage of the host host communities to looking at the possibility looking for a partnership councillors approve time of a presentation
municipality and area, a enhance the festival with of a 50/50 split.” to be a host start city, and funding for one of the request and the Tour of
travelling festival, and their own local flavour. County CAO Jack Jasper, who would like to p e r s p e c t i v e h o s t Alberta representatives
s i g n i f i c a n t f u n d s Mayor Pasychny and Ramme had broached be a host finish city, have communities and not the do not present their event
generated through the councillor Wilkinson the topic with county approached the county other. Vienneau said, to the county council
race, its staff, and both said, “This is c o u n c i l a t t h e i r asking them to form a “We'd have to find a plan until next week.
50/50 partnership. B.”

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