Business Advocacy Committee Lobbies For "Shop Local" Component to Town’s Purchasing Policy

A policy put forward by the Drumheller and District Chamber of Commerce’s Business Advocacy Committee recommending the Town of Drumheller adopt a “shop local” component in the Town’s Purchasing Policy was approved by Council on September 5, 2017.

The Business Advocacy Committee began drafting the policy several months ago by researching purchasing policies of other municipalities in Alberta, examining the Town of Drumheller’s purchasing policy, and reviewing the trade agreements applicable to the Town of Drumheller. The policy recommendations were presented to Town Council on May 8, 2017.

The Drumheller and District Chamber of Commerce recommended that the Town of Drumheller:

  1. Integrate a pre-tax differential for local suppliers of goods and services or construction, subject to compliance with TILMA, NWPTA and AIT.
    1. A recommended guideline should be taken from the Town of Stettler policy.
  2. Continue to adhere to TILMA, NWPTA, and AIT by using the Alberta Purchasing Connection bid system when required.
  3. Post bid opportunities for any purchases of goods or services between $5,000 and $50,000 on the Town of Drumheller website.
  4. Purchases of goods or services up to $5,000 should be acquired locally, when the same product or service is readily available.

Based on these recommendations, Town Administration drafted Policy #C-02-17 (Purchasing), which was approved by Council.

“The Business Advocacy Committee is pleased to have our first policy resolution under our belt. The Committee worked diligently to put forward meaningful policy recommendations for Council’s consideration. We are happy that Council was receptive to our suggestions and we look forward to continuing to work with Council and Administration for changes that will have a positive impact on the business community” stated Business Advocacy Chair, Cindy Clark.

In addition, to assist local businesses in becoming aware of and understanding how the Town procures work, the Chamber and the Town are hosting a Lunch & Learn session on October 24th titled How to Find and Apply for Bid Opportunities in Drumheller and Beyond.

The Business Advocacy Committee was established in 2014 to play an advocacy role on behalf of business members in the community, and to work with business and government to develop and implement policies designed to ensure Drumheller and district provides an atmosphere that is conducive to business and sustainable community growth. The Committee meets on the first Wednesday of every month at 12:00 pm, in the Chamber board room. All Chamber members are welcome.

DDCC Board of Director Vacancies

The Drumheller & District Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors currently has three vacant Director positions. These vacancies are a result of two Board members accepting transfers out of Drumheller relating to their employment (Adrian Hartman of ATB Financial and Sylvia Adams of ATCO Electric). The third vacancy is due to the resignation of Brooke Christianson of Canalta.

As per our by-laws, the Board may appoint members to fill the vacant positions. The appointments would be valid only until the next Annual General Meeting (March 2018), at which time the Director positions would be filled by election.

Prior to the Board appointing Directors, the positions must be advertised for a period of 30 days to seek interest from the membership. Following the 30 day period, the Board shall appoint Directors from the members having expressed an interest. If the number of members expressing an interest is greater than the number of vacancies (3), then a General Meeting would be called to have an election to fill the Director positions.

Chamber members in good standing who have an interest in serving on the Board of Directors are asked to confirm their intentions via email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. no later than Wednesday, August 30, 2017.

Nominations Open for 2017 Business Excellence Awards

Do you know of a business, group or individual in our community that deserves some recognition? We want to know about it! Nominate them for the 2017 Business Excellence Awards!

Nominations will be accepted from now until August 25, 2017.

Fan voting is back this year! From September 4-8, the public will be able to vote for who they would like to see win. These votes, combined with the scores given by our Business Excellence Awards Committee, will determine the award winners.

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