Town of Golden CAO Jon Wilsgard gives an update on the Resort Municipality Initiative at Tourism Golden’s AGM.

Town of Golden CAO Jon Wilsgard gives an update on the Resort Municipality Initiative at Tourism Golden’s AGM.

Tourism operators get Golden RMI update

An update was given on Golden's Resort Municipality Initiative projects at the Tourism Golden annual general meeting.

For the past seven years, Golden has been part of a small group of municipalities in British Columbia, only 14 in total, who are part of the Resort Municipality Initiative.

Jon Wilsgard, chief administrative officer for the Town of Golden, gave an update on Golden’s RMI projects at Tourism Golden’s annual general meeting.

As a member of this group, Golden gets approximately $500,000 per year for tourism related projects, and the town has a lot of those projects on the go right now.

“Things are going great,” said Wilsgard. “But it’s important to remember that this funding is for building things, not maintaining them.”

In the past few years, several projects have been completed, including some of the signage (like the roundabout by the Visitor’s Centre, which is waiting for some lighting), and the Nordic Centre at Dawn Mountain.

2012 is the start of a new five-year place, and there are a number of things the Town is hoping to get underway in that time.

They are looking at the possibility of a permanent structure at Spirit Square, one that would accommodate the summer performances with a covered stage, and also have bathrooms, and possibly some sort of concession space.

There will be more signage on the way, and hopefully one on the frontage road near Tim Horton’s. In fact, they are also looking at ways to improve the overall appearance of the Frontage Road, which would not only require a large budget, but also the co-operation from BC Highways.

Wilsgard is in the conceptual stage for a new message board in the town, one that would let visitors and locals know what’s going on around the community, and possibly serve as a medium for displaying some local art.