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November 2021 Economic Development Update:

Sunrise Corner is focused on developing our region to present new opportunities to residents in a sustainable way that preserves the rural quality of life we all love. Here are a few of the initiatives we’ve been working on.

Incredible Sunrise Corner Video Series: One of the projects that has garnered a lot of attention is the six videos produced by our summer intern, Jeannine Brandt, that showcase why Sunrise Corner is an incredible place to live, work, play, visit, invest and explore. Check it out on Sunrise Corner Tourism’s Facebook page or on our YouTube channel.

Support Local Campaign: The Piney Regional Chamber of Commerce received a grant to produce a “Support Local” promotional campaign. These videos will talk to businesses and residents about how important supporting local has been during the pandemic. It’ll also serve as a good reminder to show our appreciation long after the US border opens and the pandemic is behind us – supporting local strengthens our community from every perspective.

Master Plans: Two diamonds-in-the-rough for both residents and visitors in our region are Gardenton Park and Vita Rest Area. With grant funding, we have been working with landscape architects to create a master plan – a document that takes the community’s input and translates it into a phased approach for future development. We look forward to presenting these plans to the community to show our collective vision of how these properties can be improved for everyone’s enjoyment.

Community Symposium: A community event in April 2020 to provide youth and others with information about local career opportunities was put on hold due to COVID. Now pivoting to an online version, we are interviewing local companies about opportunities within three pathways – direct to workforce path, entrepreneurial path and post-secondary path. Watch for the videos and other resources being launched in early 2022.

Eastman Tourism Training: Training is nearly complete for a program that will allow me to help local craftspeople, artisans, entrepreneurs and storytellers to develop unique tourism offerings. These will be different than anything we’ve seen in Manitoba – a partnership approach to programming that includes culinary, outdoor adventure, wellness and/or culture, with sustainability a key element. More details will be released soon, but in the meantime, if you have an idea that fits this description, please reach out – I’d love to hear all about it.

Monique Chenier