Photo courtesy of the District of Tumbler Ridge
MuniSight is proud to announce that the winner of the 2018 Municipal Innovation Award is the District of Tumbler Ridge, for their joint Global Geopark brand project. The District of Tumbler Ridge, traditionally a small mining community in British Columbia, faced a challenging situation when coal operations shut down in 2014. Undeterred, they found a way to diversify their economy using a recent UNESCO Global Geopark designation, entrepreneurial thinking, and some marketing ingenuity. Check out their story below.
“The District of Tumbler Ridge faced some incredible challenges and brought an entrepreneurial mindset to find a solution. We love to celebrate governments who are focused on innovative thinking and we are proud to announce the District of Tumbler Ridge as the winner of the 2018 Municipal Innovation Award,” says Quinten Griffiths, President of MuniSight.
In 2014 Tumbler Ridge lost its major industry and faced being shut down by British Columbia. In 2017, they had grown tourism by 700% and had shifted their economic dependence from coal.
As a part of the prize, the District of Tumbler Ridge will receive $2000 from MuniSight to donate towards a charity of their choice within their jurisdiction.
The purpose of the Municipal Innovation Award is to recognize innovative municipal governments. The Award is granted each year to a municipality who has successfully implemented an innovative project that has made a positive impact on their community. The Municipal Innovation Award received strong submissions this year and would like to thank all that participated.
The top 2 finalists for the Municipal Innovation Award this year were the Town of Yarmouth, and the City of Lacombe.
Many residents of the Town of Yarmouth face food insecurity, and so the town launched an important initiative to address the problem. This project is starting its second iteration, check out this recent news story here.
What started as a water line fix for the City of Lacombe, turned into a full downtown revitalization project with a strong communications strategy and an innovative RFP process, see here for more on this project.
MuniSight is the proud sponsor of the Municipal Innovation Award and is dedicated to fostering innovation within municipal governments. To learn more about the award, please visit http://www.municipalinnovationaward.com.