The Town of Carrot River and Rural Municipality of Moose Range’s community branding campaign, Saskatchewan’s Outback, has been announced as one of four winners of the 11th Annual Saskatchewan Municipal Awards program. The Saskatchewan’s Outback: Community Branding Campaign which has developed a community brand to retain and encourage tourism business in and around Carrot River, was awarded second place out of 13 nominations from 60 different communities. The award recognizes innovation and excellence in Saskatchewan local governments of all types.
Seven Saskatchewan Municipalities Win Saskatchewan Municipal Awards
An independent, six-member committee reviewed nominations, to choose the four winning projects. The committee members were: Keith Schneider: former Executive Director of SUMA, Ken Engel: former Executive Director of SARM, Jim Scarrow: former mayor of Prince Albert and former Vice-President of Cities for SUMA, Audrey Trombley: former President of RMAA, Don Taylor: former Board member of SARM, and Jeff Mulligan: managing partner of AHHA Moments Inc. and former mayor of Lloydminster.
Committee member Jeff Mulligan made note of the regional partnerships that are happening in the province: “Often times, when we cannot see a solution to our current challenge by looking within our team or our municipality, the answer requires collaboration and co-operation with our neighbours. This year’s nominees for the Saskatchewan Municipal Awards are shining examples of just this type of regional co-operation.”
The awards will be distributed to the winning rural municipalities at the SARM Midterm Convention on November 7, 2017 at 1:00 p.m. at the Conexus Arts Centre in Regina. The winning urban municipalities will receive their awards at the annual SUMA Convention in February 2018 in Regina.
Winners of the 11th annual Saskatchewan Municipal Awards
First Place: Downtown Market Square (City of Swift Current)
Winning Practice: Developed a Market Square to revitalize downtown Swift Current and engage local business, artisans, farmers, and city administration on economic development.
Second Place: Saskatchewan’s Outback: Community Branding Campaign (Town of Carrot River and RM of Moose Range)
Winning Practice: Developed a community brand to retain and encourage tourism business in and around Carrot River.
Third Place: Youth Committee (Town of Kindersley)
Winning Practice: Established a Youth Committee program to revitalize youth engagement, increase the contributions of young people, and support an intergenerational connection.
Fourth Place : Regional Cooperation: Legacy Regional Protective Services (RM of Wilton, Town of Lashburn, and Town of Marshall)
Winning Practice: Created a joint protective services organization to reduce costs, manage risk, and enhance service levels for the region.