I love a good game of chess. It's all about strategy and mind mapping. So the recent news of Sask Tourism becoming one of Saskatchewan's newest CIC crowns has me thinking.
The Government of Saskatchewan's budget included $22 million in efficiency measures as a result of the following:
- Seniors and children will pay more for drugs, saving $10 million dollars.
- The film industry funding has been cut with the winding down of the Film Employment Tax Credit, saving $8 million dollars.
- The Enterprise Region Program has been cut, saving another $4 million. The Regina Regional Opportunities Commission (ROCC) funding was reduced.
The budget giveth, and the budget taketh away, just as the good book says. We are told a new tourism crown corporation will be created. The Minister of Tourism, Parks, Culture and Sport says the move is all about aligning tourism with other economic developments in the province.
In strategy terms, "aligning" is just another word for "restructure". It usually refers to reorganizing current holdings in order to optimize and leverage (take advantage of) competencies and resources and to do more than what is possible in the current structure.
So let's think for a moment about what other tourism and economic development interests could be "aligned" with the likes of tourism.
Consider the Revitalization Vision which envisions the development of commercial buildings, condos, entertainment, shopping and a commitment to the arts and sports, brought to life by the entertainment facility, where we can "express ourselves". Put our best artists and performers on display. A state of the art residential neighborhood will be built to create affordable residential units. The overall goal is to create mixed income neighborhoods, where we will attract diversity and ethnicity.