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Lionel Robbins Chair of Alberta Summer Games 2018

The Alberta Summer Games are coming to the county and city of Grande Prairie in 2018 and new Board Chair Lionel Robbins has already starting to plan. He says he is hoping the games in this area will become a whole family affair and will create a better economic impact than will already come from the event by getting people to local attractions.

“The new trendy thing for sporting events is to have an app for the event. We are looking to create an app in advance and promote the app through the province to have all the families download the app. Through the app, promote things like the dinosaur museum”

He noticed some talk around town about the upcoming event.

“We noticed a few people making comments that it isn’t the right time for the games because of the cost. I just want to remind people the incoming money from these types of events is usually 5 or 6 times of what the cost is. It really is a positive economic impact”

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His next steps are to put together his 27 month plan leading up to the summer of 2018.

He wants to make sure all of the partners are involved as a priority and they will split the events with some in the city while others will be held in the county. Robbins explains the MD of Greenview has also joined as a supporter with the possibility of BMX events in the Nitehawk Adventure Park area.

As of right now, there is not a date locked down but the committee is looking at the beginning to middle of July.

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