In the spring of 2020, the town of Calmar initiated the Community Vitalization Plan project. It was through the public engagement process of the Economic Development & Tourism Strategic Action Plan that this project originated. The Town kicked off the project upon receiving grant funding through the Government of Alberta Community and Regional Economic Development Support (CARES) Program.

The aim was to develop a way forward to define downtown, to enhance the visual ambiance, increase safety, support existing businesses and attract new business, and enhance tourism opportunities. The final plan is a culmination of work over the past year from many individuals and groups including the Vitalization Task Force, residents, businesses, administration, Council and the project team.

I feel confident that our community will be inspired by the vision for downtown and the concepts for main street that are outlined in this plan. This is a plan designed by the community and will require continued support from the community to see it come to fruition over the next ten years.

Calmar has a rich history and an even brighter future! On behalf of Council and administration I am excited to introduce the Community Vitalization Plan.

Don Faulker, town of Calmar Councillor