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Fort Macleod investigates joint Alberta Games bid

Fort Macleod will ask neighbouring towns if they are interested in a joint bid to host the 2018 Alberta Winter or Summer Games.
“I would be interested to find out some more information, if any communities around us would be interested in partnering,” Coun. Trish Hoskin said.
Council directed chief financial officer Kris Holbeck to write area councils to gauge their interest.
An invitation from Alberta Culture and Tourism to bid to host one of the 2018 games was on the agenda of council’s Aug. 10 meeting.
“i encourage you and your community to consider this invitation and the benefits that can result from hosting one of these events,” Culture and Tourism Minister David Eggen wrote in a letter to Mayor Rene Gendre.
“The legacy of experienced volunteers and upgraded facilities associated with hosting Alberta Games, along with the economic benefits, has proven to be tremendous,” Eggen added.
About 2,800 people from across Alberta participate in the Alberta Games, with spectators and special guests adding to that total.
Eggen told council that communities with populations of less than 10,000 are encouraged to join together with neighbouring communities to submit a joint bid.
The province provides some base funding to the host community.

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