Economic Development and Recovery Plan

The RM of Edenwold is an active participant in supporting the local business community. At the July 28th Council Meeting, the RM Council adopted Phase 1 of the Economic Development and Recovery Plan. This plan lays out a series of economic development initiatives that improve business safety and encourage economic growth in the area.

Click here to read the Economic Development & Recovery Plan.

 

What is economic development?

Economic development is the programs, steps and actions a government or business takes to foster business and support existing and new enterprise. It is characterised not only by improving business profits or finances, but also by improving the quality of life of everyone in the area.

Why now?

COVID-19 has drastically altered the way business is done in the RM and across the province. The RM Council has taken steps to alleviate and support business in the area. These steps include lowering municipal mill rate on residential, commercial, industrial and agricultural properties by 15%. It has also chosen to move forward with an Economic Development and Recovery Plan to support business directly. The RM hopes that by supporting and promoting business, it can invest in the people that call the RM of Edenwold home and ensure the long-term success of local industry.

What is included in the Economic Development and Recovery Plan?

The plan is being put forward in phases. The first phase, adopted on July 28th, includes:

1) First Aid Training

2) Green Fund

3) Internet Accessibility Statement

Following the roll-out of the first phase, RM Council will reconvene and move forward on implementing more initiatives to support business and encourage economic development and growth.

First Aid Training

Is your business ready for a medical emergency? Do you or your employees know what to do during a crisis?

The RM of Edenwold is happy to announce a new safety initiative as part of its Economic Development and Recovery Plan. The municipality is working with St. John’s Ambulance to provide subsidized first aid and CPR training to RM business entrepreneurs and employees.

This training is scheduled for October 19th, 20th, and 21st, 2020:

Monday, October 19th from 9 am to 5:30 pm (with a one-hour lunch)
Tuesday, October 20th from 9 am to 3 pm (with a one-hour lunch)
Wednesday, October 21st from 9 am to 3 pm (with a one-hour lunch)

Training takes place at the RM’s office at 100 Hutchence Road, Emerald Park. All participants will receive their OHS Standard First Aid, CPR-C, and AED certification.

Registration is first-come-first-serve, with a registration limit of two people per business. This training is usually offered for $160, but the RM is providing it for only $100. Sign-up quickly if you or an employee are interested, there are only 11 spots! Note: Training will be conducted while social distancing. The RM’s council chamber is large enough to ensure all participants have at least 6 feet of space between them.

To sign up, email rz.planning.rm158@sasktel.net with your name, your business name, the names of those coming to training, and your RM business license number.

We look forward to hearing from you!

P.S. If you don’t have a business license, contact ss.planning.rm158@sasktel.net, the license is free!

Green Fund

Are you a business owner looking to spruce up your property? Are you a landlord hoping to draw in new tenants?

The RM of Edenwold has created a Green Fund as part of its Economic Development and Recovery Plan. This fund is open to all industrial and commercial businesses in the RM looking to improve their physical appearance through landscaping. Interested businesses can apply to have their landscaping project paid for up to 50%, to a maximum of $2000.

Improved landscaping not only benefits the physical appearance of your business, but also makes economic sense. Commercial properties with high-quality landscapes can ask for up to 7% more in rent.1 And shoppers spend 9% to 12% more for goods and services in areas with a high-quality tree canopy.2 The appearance of your business can show customers your values and priorities, a clean, well-kept exterior showing that you are customer-focused. (1. Laverne, R.J., and K. Winson-Geideman. 2003. The Influence of Trees and Landscaping on Rental Rates at Office Buildings. Journal of Arboriculture 29, 5:281-290. 2. Wolf, K.L. 2005. Business District Streetscapes, Trees, and Consumer Response. Journal of Forestry 103, 8:396-400.)

The Green Fund can be used to help support many different types of projects. These include: purchasing or installing trees, shrubs, and native flowers, purchasing or installing artificial turf, aggregate, and mulch, hiring a landscape architect, or purchasing and installing other landscaping features. If it improves the physical appearance of your business or property, we would like to hear about it!

If this sounds like something that might interest you or your business, click here for a Green Fund Application form. After filling it out, email it to planning.rm158@sasktel.net.

Internet Accessibility Statement

Has a lack of internet access (bit-rate speed) ever limited your ability to grow your business or reach new markets? Working-from-home and wish high-speed internet was more accessible?

The RM of Edenwold has decided to make a formal statement calling for greater internet accessibility as part of it’s Economic Development and Recovery Plan. Working with the Saskatchewan Association of Rural Municipalities (SARM), the RM letter will highlight challenges facing the community when it comes to internet access and be sent directly to government and internet service providers. This includes members of the provincial government, the federal government, and companies like Access and SaskTel.

This letter will be drafted in cooperation with SARM. SARM has been advocating on behalf of rural Saskatchewan residents by pushing for greater internet access. This statement will bring greater attention to their work and highlight imbalances in internet accessibility across the province and within our communities. The RM hopes that by highlighting how internet access benefits rural quality-of-life, more funding can be allocated towards improving internet accessibility.

If you have ever struggled with getting high-quality internet at your home or business, or are working- or studying-from-home and are worried about your level of internet service, please reach out! Email rz.planning.rm158@sasktel.net with your stories and internet concerns. These personal narratives will be included in the letter to illustrate how a lack of internet service negatively impacts Saskatchewan residents and why governments should put more funding into improving rural internet access.