The Val Marie Economic Development Committee was formed in August, 2010 with the initial goal of developing an economic strategy for the area. The committee is comprised of the Village of Val Marie, Rural Municipality of Val Marie #17, Grasslands National Park, and local community organizations and businesses.
The Val Marie Economic Development Committee is a dedicated group of community members and local organizations working together to build a prosperous, thriving, and attractive destination. They demonstrate mutual support and commitment in promoting an appreciation of local prairie life and livelihood, and the natural environment.
The Val Marie Economic Development Committee is committed to developing co-operative relationships within Val Marie area community organizations and business owners through networking and mutual support. It works collaboratively for the purpose of attracting new business investment in the area, promoting arts, recreation, ranching, farming, and the natural landscape – for the benefit of residents and visitors from all walks of life.
Our first project selected was to conduct a Village/R.M. wide survey of Val Marie residents for the purpose of seeing what priorities were important to the village and R.M. The Village square project was selected by the committee and the Village of Val Marie to improve the aesthetics of the community. We wanted to provide local people and tourists with a family oriented space to enjoy for gatherings or special events. We have had many volunteers from the community, local businesses, and organizations coming out to help us. The Village square will enhance what already exists in Val Marie, a beautiful landscape, community spirit, a lively arts community, and a rich cultural history. It will be a lasting legacy and a celebration of community pride and heritage.
We will continue to work on projects outlined in our Community Action Plan which includes: maintaining and increasing local services in order to accommodate visitors and attract new residents, highlight the local people, places, and spaces which make this area unique in order to increase tourism, and to develop and enhance relationships between local community groups, urban and rural municipalities, non-government and government organizations for the purpose of strengthening opportunities for mutual benefit and local capacity building.
If you would like to contribute to the Val Marie Economic Development Committee projects, your support will be gratefully accepted. Please make cheques out to the Village of Val Marie and note that the donation is to the Economic Development Committee. Everyone who donates money to the Committee Projects will be recognized on a plaque in the Village Square. Donations can be dropped off at the Village office or mailed to the Village of Val Marie, Box 42, Val Marie, S0N 2T0.