Estevan City Council convened Monday evening to discuss issues in the City. They heard from the Southeast Transportation Committee, accepted a rental rate reduction for the ECS Grad Committee and appointed two new members to the Economic Development Board.
"The Economic Development Board was established by Council through the Economic Bylaw," explained Dwight 'Fitz' Bramble, Economic Development Coordinator, "to assist City Council, make recommendations, influence policies and encourage and promote economic development activities for the City of Estevan."
"The board members are appointed on a two-year basis. We had two vacant spots primarily because the representatives of the RM of Estevan are no longer part of the board."
Brian Enns, who is the General Manager of the Southern Plain Co-op and Josh LeBlanc, co-owner of Coldwell Banker and business teacher at ECS were appointed as the new members at large.
Bramble has already seen good things come out of the board.
"Economic development is a neverending process. And sometimes people misunderstand economic development to mean bringing in three businesses a month and even if you limited your definition of economic development to attraction and business promotion, anybody who knows anything about business would know that it takes at least a good year for you to really establish and open a viable business."
Bramble added that he has been in the role for a year now and is pleased with the growth he's seen.
"The Economic Development Board has been very instrumental in promoting a lot of the programs and activities and influencing the policies of City Council as they relate to economic development."
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"Economic development is a long process so I would encourage residents to support what the City is doing, continue to make their input, and the results will be obvious as times goes by."