The Drumheller and District Chamber of Commerce will be holding its Annual General Meeting on Wednesday, March 27 2019 at the Badlands Community Facility. The evening will begin with a wine and cheese networking reception at 6:30pm, followed by the meeting at 7:00pm.
• President & Executive Director Reports
• 2017-18 Audited Financial Statements
• Election of Board of Directors
• Roundtable Discussion: Future of World’s Largest Dinosaur
$20 for members, $25 for prospective members. RSVP by Friday, March 22 online or call the Chamber at 403-823-8100.
In preparation for the AGM, the DDCC is seeking members interested in serving on the Board of Directors. Members are requested to review the information regarding Board of Director expectations and to submit the application for consideration. For more information on serving on the Board of Directors, please contact Chamber Executive Director, Heather Bitz at 403-823-8100.
World's Largest Dinosaur Background
The World’s Largest Dinosaur (WLD), owned and operated by the Drumheller and District Chamber of Commerce (DDCC), was a unique ground-breaking project for Drumheller. Construction began in the fall of 1999, with the official grand opening held on October 13, 2000. The total project cost was $1,065,000.
One of the original goals of the project was to provide visitors to Drumheller with another year-round attraction. An attraction aimed at bringing visitors closer to the downtown core. This goal has certainly been achieved. On average over 110,000 people climb the World’s Largest Dinosaur each year. August 27, 2018 saw it welcome its 2 millionth visitor!
Another goal of the World’s Largest Dinosaur was to reinvest revenues generated by dinosaur admissions and giftshop sales back into the local community to further enhance it. As a result of successful financial management and greater than expected revenues, the debts of the WLD construction were paid off earlier than expected; thus, enabling the establishment of the World’s Largest Dinosaur Legacy Fund. To date over $600,000 has been injected back into our community for a variety of worthwhile projects.
In addition to a portion of funds generated by the World’s Largest Dinosaur and giftshop being set aside for the Legacy Fund, 25% of admission proceeds are designated for the WLD Capital Repair Fund. The intent of the Capital Repair Fund is to save for future maintenance costs required for the dinosaur, which have proven to be significant.