Message from the Coal Transition Coordinator:
We are all facing challenges with the pending closure of Boundary Dam units 4 and 5. Power production jobs, as well as coal mining jobs, will be affected. It’s our community responsibility to ensure we come out of this in a positive way, and although we continue to advocate for the use of clean coal, we need to pull together and solve the uncertainty of our future.
During my first weeks as Coal Transition Coordinator in Estevan, I have heard from folks who have some really good ideas. I have also been reviewing lists of community-generated opportunities that have been provided to me by colleagues. These ideas and opportunities are aimed at moving our community forward through this transition, but more approaches are needed.
We have been working closely with the Economic Development Department, City staff, Chamber of Commerce as well both Federal and Provincial governments in an attempt to secure new business opportunities that will strengthen our ability to grow and attract new business ventures in Estevan. At the same time, we want to keep our citizens at home shopping local at our current businesses while we find new ways to draw shoppers and families from outside our community, into Estevan.
We need to ask ourselves, “what do we have in Estevan that makes our city great?” and “what things in our community need to be fixed?”
If you have any suggestions that could possibly help our cause, we want to hear from you – and there’s no bad ideas. All submissions will be held in the strictest confidence. In the coming months, we will also be talking to local businesses, but most importantly, we want to hear from you.
We all want to remain positive and keep Estevan moving forward – and together, we will succeed.
Please send me your ideas.
Coal Transition Coordinator
City of Estevan