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SOUTH SASKATCHEWAN REGIONAL ECONOMIC PARTNERSHIP
Coronach, Saskatchewan — The South Saskatchewan Regional Economic Partnership (SSREP), previously the Deep South Economic Partnership, was formed as a result of coal transition and to mitigate economic effects through better positioning of member communities to attract new businesses and investment through the development of actionable strategic plans, and promotion of communities through branding. Member communities include the Towns of Coronach, Willow Bunch, Bengough and Rockglen as well as the RM’s of Willow Bunch, Bengough, Happy Valley, Poplar Valley and Hart Butte.
The SSREP has five main strategic pillars consisting of:
1. Organization Capacity
2. Workforce Transition, Retention & Attraction
3. Tourism Development
4. Resource Development
5. Business Retention, Expansion &, Attraction
The Managing Director of the SSREP, Sean Wallace, said, “It is really a testament of how well these communities work together through the realization of how intertwined local economies are in rural settings.” Currently underway are feasibility studies focusing on Agri-Food, Resources &; Energy, Tourism and Renewables &; Recyclables with expected completion in March of 2021. Communities are also researching their brands with community surveys closing on November 23 rd , 2020, and depending on the analysis, some communities will adopt either new brands or updated brands. Branding is expected to be completed by March 31 st , 2021. Additionally, a number of new economic policies have been developed that will make the SSREP region one of the most competitive in western Canada.
“Our region has traditionally worked very well together. Our communities are close-knit, and we know when one community is affected by adversity, other communities step up to help. I am looking forward to the work of the SSREP and realizing the benefits of cooperation.” Said Trevor Schnell, Chair of the SSREP.