The Grande Prairie and District Chamber of Commerce, in collaboration with the City of Grande Prairie, Grande Prairie County of Grande Prairie, MD of Greenview, Alberta Jobs and Economy and Northern Development is working to create a life asset bank that is focused on the priorities of new employees and their families. This asset bank will include community amenities, recourses, supports, and supports and services in the area.
The Attention and Retention project will be moving onto its next step in the new year, with the release of two surveys that will share insights from employers and new employees. Chamber Chair Tertius Genis says that the surveys will help identify not only parts of the asset bank but also the strengths and weaknesses in the area.
“These surveys will have the aim of bridging the gap to understanding what is the essentials, and why do people stay here. But also to understand why people move away,” Genis says. “And we can then bridge that gap, and address the issues as to why people are leaving.”
He says that he believes the Quality of Life Asset Bank will help with employers’ future recruitment strategies because the community culture plays a role in the employee’s choice of if they want to stay in the area or not. Creating this community connection and sharing the different parts of the community is meant to help keep the talent and workforce in the community. This is a statement that Municipal District of Greenview Reeve Tyler Olsen agrees with, saying that quality of life and community are two factors people consider when they look to make a move for work, and these surveys will help gain a greater understanding.
“The information gained will allow us to tailor our asset bank of community amenities, resources, supports and services across the region to bolster and enhance the recruitment efforts of our local employers,” Olsen says.
The two surveys and work on the Quality of Life Asset Bank will get underway in the new year.