Stakeholders hear Manitoba/local tourism industry rosy and busy

Stakeholders hear Manitoba/local tourism industry rosy and busyMickey Dumont The Portage Citizen In a luncheon last this week to tourism stakeholders, Colin Ferguson Travel Manitoba CEO and Vern May, executive director of Portage Regional Economic Development, explained that maybe not all tourism roads lead to Manitoba and Portage la Prairie, but many do and others are getting used more. Colin Ferguson President and…

5 of 6 city councillors, mayor, seek re-election

5 of 6 city councillors, mayor, seek re-electionCity of Portage la Prairie Councillor Melissa Draycott has announced her name will be on the ballot Oct. 24 for re-election. According to the city's website, city council candidates now include: Ryan Espey Registration date: July 10, 2018 Kathrine Baer Registration date: August 17, 2018 Brent Budz Registration date: August 28, 2018 Melissa Draycott Registration…

PRED ED comments taken to task

PRED ED comments taken to taskI am responding to Vern May's column in the Herald Leader Press on June 14, 2018, which was truly astounding. Mr. May moved to Portage la Prairie and has been the Economic Development Officer (Executive Director of PRED) for approximately 1.5 years. In that time, he has decided that he knows everything better than everyone else…

Don’t forget to vote, often

Don’t forget to vote, oftenMickey Dumont The Portage Citizen — Portage remains in the running to host the 2018 Coors Banquet One Horse Town concert. If you have done your country music civic duty you have voted once. If you intend to actually see this concert here featuring country stars Dallas Smith, Tim Hicks and Kira Isabella come to…

So, let’s talk about positive things…

So, let’s talk about positive things…In response to Vern May's last article, I think he was spot on with referencing a good number of Portagers with the doom and gloom attitude. I come from generations of Portagers and I have heard my fair share of negativity. Psychology tells us that people who are negative are usually depressed and are fearful…

Portage in a one horse race for concert

Portage in a one horse race for concertMickey Dumont The Portage Citizen — When you click on Portage la Prairie to vote in the 2018 Coors Banquet One Horse Town contest you are informed you have made ‘a nice pick’. If you want to see the 2018 Coors Banquet One Horse Town concert series featuring country stars Dallas Smith, Tim Hicks and…

Looking for business on the world stage

Looking for business on the world stageMickey Dumont The Portage Citizen — In the big picture, the end of April’s World Trade Centers Association (WTCA) meeting at Leeuwarden, Netherlands, Portage la Prairie may have been a bit player on the huge international stage, but our representative there had an ulterior motive. The WTCA conference saw a memorandum of understanding signed committing…

City invests in building a more aware local labour pool

City invests in building a more aware local labour poolMickey Dumont The Portage Citizen — Portage Collegiate Institute’s 2021 graduating class will be better equipped to understand local career pathways and graduate job ready to fill industry needs. Portage la Prairie has invested seed dollars to promote EdgeFactor — a system to bridge the communication gap between education and business. “EdgeFactor brings to the…