Grande Prairie AB – The second round of voting in Canada’s MOST Rider Friendly Community Contest has concluded. Although the western conference was the only one to be decided upon in this round, it was one heck of a contest between Drumheller & Port Alberni. Nisku sadly, didn’t seem to get in on the action.

Drumheller and Port Alberni went at it hard. The contest became very heated with both sides declaring that there was no way the other side could have that many votes coming in! However, they did and the audit shows that Port Alberni came out the victor.

From the voting patterns we concluded that Port Alberni’s population tended to vote far later in the day and it almost seemed that gave Drumheller a false sense of security. In the end, these two communities showed the pride and sense of community spirit we were hoping to see. Port Alberni, won out this year, but both communities are truly winners!

I want to thank all of the communities that were nominated, and those that have been knocked out of the competition thus far. It is truly rewarding to see the communities that riders love to ride to; it has lengthened the bucket list for a lot of us!

Drumheller, you gave it a good fight, hopefully we will see you in the competition again!

Next, Cape Breton and Port Alberni go head to head. Voting for the final round to determine the winner from the 2016 riding season in Canada’s MOST Rider Friendly Community Contest begins April 13th, may the best community win.

We want to acknowledge the commitment of all of our wonderful sponsors without whom this contest could not happen: EastLink TV, The HOG Radio Show, Reality Radio 101, Biker Radio, Suzettee Speaks Silently, Northern Horizon Newspaper and our presenting sponsor, Community Futures of Alberta!
About Canada’s MOST Rider Friendly Community Contest:
Canada’s MOST Rider Friendly Community Contest was created by Renee ”Belt Drive Betty” Charbonneau, founder and CEO of Belt Drive Betty Media.

Canada’s MOST Rider Friendly Community Contest is a rural tourism marketing initiative whose goal is to create awareness of the wonderful businesses and communities that are there for riders to explore. Large cities are not as inviting for motorcyclists; with the advent of texting and driving along, the dangers of driving in traffic, road construction and other hazards along with motorcycle only noise bylaws, many riders prefer to get out on the open road and away from the majority of the dangers that cities present. Motorcyclists also face certain barriers when it comes to customer service in the travel and tourism industry.

About Belt Drive Betty Media:
Belt Drive Betty Media is a diverse motorcycle media company founded in 2003. It offers the rider a vast array of ways to connect with the information on the motorcycle community they need.
That diversity offers advertisers looking to connect with the Canadian riding community a large number of advertising vehicles to choose from.
Belt Drive Betty Media offers TV, web, social media, app and email marketing opportunities.

Renee “Belt Drive Betty” Charbonneau
(780) 402-8892

About Community Futures of Alberta:

For 30 years, Community Futures has been supporting small business development and rural economic diversification in Alberta. We are a community driven, non-profit organization with 27 offices in rural areas throughout Alberta. Each office is staffed by local business professionals and guided by a volunteer Board of Directors.
In other words, we live where you live, and reap the benefits of a strong local economy created by business entrepreneurs just you! Read about some of the many successful businesses we have helped start-up and grow over the years.
We provide a wide range of small business loans, business coaching/training services and business management tools for people wanting to start, expand, franchise or sell a business.
We also run a number of specialized business programs, and actively work with community and business leaders to foster rural economic growth.
We are funded by the Government of Canada through Western Economic Diversification Canada
There are a total of 269 Community Futures offices across the country.

Holly Sorgen
Community Futures Grande Prairie & Region
(780) 814-5340

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