As local businesses work to recover from the COVID-19 pandemic, the city has a message: Welcome in Wetaskiwin!
An initiative from the City’s Economic Development department, Welcome In Wetaskiwin aims to retain and attract business in Wetaskiwin by supporting the current businesses and raising awareness about the breadth of businesses available right here, Candace Coughlan, Economic Development Manager.
For example, did you know Wetaskiwin is home to more than 50 restaurants? Or that a downtown visit can yield everything from a fruit bouquet to an acupuncture session?
“We reached out to the business community to provide dedicated promotions, advertised through social and digital channels, to encourage people to support their local businesses,” Raelene Coffey, Economic Development Coordinator explains. “Ultimately, we want to create a thriving local economy by working closely with the current business community and increase awareness of the products and services available in Wetaskiwin.
This initiative follows on the heels of a recent announcement of a new property tax incentive designed to encourage industrial growth and expansion in Wetaskiwin.
Here’s how it works:
Visit the Welcome In Wetaskiwin page and browse the wide variety of participating businesses, from restaurants, hotels and attractions to boutiques, service providers and museums.
As you rediscover an old favourite or plan a visit to some place new, you’ll also find many businesses have offered special incentives just for the program, such as a percentage off your purchases or admissions!
Why is the time right to Welcome in Wetaskiwin?
“I don’t think we’ve seen the full impact of the COVID-19 pandemic. We still have some businesses that remain temporarily closed or with adjusted hours and business processes,” she says.
“Now, more than ever before, we need our community to support our local businesses to ensure a thriving economy. Locally based businesses are vital contributors to Wetaskiwin, providing employment, building a community with access to goods, services and experiences, and nurturing a vibrant economy. It’s essential that we create a supportive culture for independent businesses to thrive in the City of Wetaskiwin.”
To learn more, visit investwetaskiwin.ca.