Policy Progress on Air Service!

Last month, we were pleased to announce that we were able to work with our regional air carrier, Air Canada, to research and investigate their fares and costs and encourage the overall reduction in fares from Medicine Hat. We will continue to stay on top of this issue and work with them to alleviate the cost constraints of air travel from our region. In addition, we’ve been able to work with Air Canada to provide an educational piece highlighting the discounted flight pass opportunity and are pleased to share the following video (2:44) with you, which is customized to our market: http://www.screencast.com/t/lNjv8rmr

We are continuing to work with Air Canada on moving towards a corridor zone pass, which would explore the Medicine Hat, Calgary and Edmonton market. One more example of your Chamber working for you!

News We're Following - February 28, 2013

Member News - BDC Accepting Applications for the Young Entrepreneur Award

If you are an entrepreneur aged 18-35 and would like to implement a plan to take your business to the next level, tell the Business Development Bank of Canada about it; it could be worth $100,000 or $25,000 in consulting services!

Click HERE to find more information on the 2013 BDC Young Entrepreneur Award including eligibility requirements and how to apply.

Member News - Press Display at Shortgrass Library Improves Local Access to Global News Sources

Starting this January, Albertans gained access to more than 1,200 newspapers from around the world through Press Display via their local public library.

The electronic resource provides same day news and information from 94 countries in 48 languages, including titles such as Wall Street Journal (USA/Canada) and Wall Street Journal’s Asian and European editions as well as almost 300 Canadian Newspapers.

That means library members can read their favorite international, national and provincial news publication from cover to cover, sometimes even before the publications hit the newsstands.

Financial news from all newspaper included in this resource are easy to read by using the front page menu. The business sections of all newspapers included are easily accessed and the publications are full-colour, full-format, and run on a range of platforms, including PC, Mac, iPhone and Blackberry.

Press Display provides newcomers to Alberta with access to news in their native language, helping preserve cultural ties. Newcomers in particular also have an opportunity to develop language skills by reading English-language newspapers.

Check it out today at http://shortgrass.ca/library-pressdisplay

Member News - Anthony Merkel Nominated for Provincial Award

Anthony Merkel, owner/operator of Elevation Landscaping and Irrigation, was previously the recipient of the Medicine Hat College/Johnson Morrison Hunter & Co Entrepreneurship Award of $10,000 last May and has now been named one of Enactus’ Student Entrepreneur Provincial Winners as well!

Anthony has now been invited to present at the Enactus regionals in Calgary and has the chance to present in Toronto for another $10,000 grand prize.

Congratulations Anthony! This is an elite achievement and we are proud to have you and your company a part of our local business community.

New Member - Urban Development Institute (UDI) Medicine Hat

The Urban Development Institute, Medicine Hat Chapter, is composed of land developers and consultants to the land development industry in the Medicine Hat area.  Our membership pays close attention to the legislation and policies affecting land development and is engaged in educational and advocacy initiatives at both the municipal and provincial level.  UDI members play a crucial role in accommodating the economic growth and prosperity of our City and at the UDI Alberta level, of the province of Alberta.  The land development industry employs directly and indirectly almost 200,000 people annually in Alberta.

Member News - School District #76 establishes

The Board of Trustees of Medicine Hat School District No. 76 has established a program to recognize the contribution of members of the general community for their contribution to the District and/or to the students of the District.

The Board is pleased to announce that nominations are now being accepted for the 2013 Friends of Education Award.  Criteria for nominations and a nomination form are available on their website www.sd76.ab.ca.  Deadline for submissions is March 31, 2013.

Medicine Hat Accomodation Association and Medicine Hat Chamber Support Local Charity in a "Big" Way

The Medicine Hat & District Chamber of Commerce in partnership with the Medicine Hat Accommodation Association will set the stage for a show and charity event of gigantic proportions, when the Sheer Insanity Monster Truck rolls into town for the Medicine Hat Chamber of Commerce’s Sunshine Home & Garden Show, March 1-3, 2013, at the Medicine Hat Exhibition and Stampede Cypress Centre. At the event, 500 1:64 replica toys of the champion monster truck will be on sale for $10 each, with 100 percent of the proceeds being donated to Medicine Hat Big Brothers, Big Sisters.

Production of the replica toys by Mattel were made possible by the sponsorship from the Medicine Hat Accommodation Association (MHAA), who also purchased the toys for the charity event.

"We wanted to help out a local charity and give back to the community," says Leslie Squires, MHAA’s President. She adds, "Collaborating with the Sheer Insanity & TNT team, Medicine Hat & District Chamber of Commerce and Big Brothers, Big Sisters has been a wonderful experience, and we are all so excited to be able to help the kids."

The Sheer Insanity & TNT Team will be onsite at the Sunshine Home & Garden Show to answer questions about the trucks and give autographs. The group will also have their ride truck, TNT, available for viewing and photo opportunities in the south parking lot outside the Cypress Centre. For visitors interested in a little more adventure, rides onboard the TNT will be available for $5 each, weather permitting.

Visit www.stayinmedicinehat.com for more information on the Monster Truck Charity Event.

Details on the Sunshine Home & Garden Show can be found at www.medicinehatchamber.com.

To contact the Sheer Insanity & TNT Monster Truck Team, check out their new Facebook page.


Member News - The POST Grand Re-Opening March 1, 2013

The POST at 410 South Railway St is getting a facelift!  Thanks to the support of the Community Foundation, the interior is being re-painted, and all interior signage is being redesigned and replaced.  The store will be closed on Monday, February 25.

The store will reopen on February 26, but the official unveiling and grand re-opening will be held on Friday March 1.  A ribbon cutting ceremony will be held at 11:00 am, followed by coffee/snacks and a chance to browse.  There will be specials and promotions planned for the day, as well.

Comments for the Most Recent Draft of the Land Use Bylaw (LUB) Now Open

The most recent version of the draft City of Medicine Hat Land Use Bylaw is now available on the city website. Municipal staff greatly appreciate previous input, and the time citizens have taken to provide comments on this very important project. In addition to comments that were submitted at the stakeholder meetings at the beginning of February, further comments can be submitted by emailing them to [email protected]. All input will be considered by the Land Use Bylaw team as they work on this project.

Please review the current draft Land Use Bylaw here: http://www.medicinehat.ca/modules/showdocument.aspx?documentid=4393

Interested residents are invited to attend and share their thoughts at one of two open houses that will be held February 25 and February 26 at Higdon Hall, Stampede Grounds From 4:00 pm to 7:00 pm. Both open houses will be drop in format with no formal presentations.