There will soon be a new app that will offer rewards for you to explore and shop locally.

Cochrane Tourism Association Executive Director, Jo-Anne Oucharek says they've teamed up with Cochrane Business Development to bring us the new Explore Cochrane app.

Oucharek says "The beauty of this is it can change on a regular basis and we can promote great events that are happening in town."

She says right now they are asking people to pre-register for the app and those who do that will be entered to win $250 Cochrane Dollars.

"With the launch on Nov. 2, our first big event that will be on the app is going to be Dine Out Cochrane, which is a 10-day restaurant week that is running from Nov. 13-22." 

She says "All of the Dine Out Cochrane locations will be on one map with all of the locations, it'll have all of the offerings from each of the locations and how to make a reservation."

“This is a great opportunity for both locals and tourists to find out about the amazing businesses and attractions we have in Cochrane, particularly in the dining and retail industries,” says Oucharek.

Business Development Manager with the Town of Cochrane, Mike Korman says “The Town is proud to support initiatives that encourage shopping locally and help strengthen our economy. The release of the Explore Cochrane App ties in with other campaigns we have in place to promote business in Cochrane.”

Oucharek says the app will reward purchases within certain businesses.

"They get to collect points as they run around town and check out our culinary theme."

This app will be great for visitors to Cochrane but Oucharek says it's also geared to all of us living here already. 

"This is really right now about the locals and really supporting our local community."

Back in September, Economic Developers Alberta announced the platform for the app called Xperience Alberta which allows for communities across Alberta to access and customize the app. 

We're the first community to sign up. 

Explore Cochrane app