Highway commercial biz still feasible here #reasontoreturn

Q&A with Wanda Diakow, EDO, Special Areas No. 4  on Highway growth for Consort. Q: It would appear that Consort started seeing a surge in highway commercial development within the last five years; can you explain why that was?   The economy was in a good place, incentives were being offered to businesses interested in relocating, […]

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Spirit of entrepreneurship is the culture here #reasontoreturn

Q&A with Brent Williams, CAO on economic drivers in the MD of Acadia #34. Q: When Alberta’s economy was growing, do you find that the MD noticed a surge of companies in industries like construction and energy locating to the area? A lot of our companies, particularly in the oilfield support and construction industries, were made […]

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Unique ventures are readily accepted & good fit in the #wiredwest #reasontoreturn

Q&A with Trisha Sewell, EDO Cactus Corridor Economic Development Corporation on the Alberta Vipassana Meditation Centre’s Dhamma Karuna in the Village of Youngstown
 Q: It seems unique that in an area that is comprised of traditional industries like agriculture and energy that a meditation centre would be opened.  Why do you think the facilitators chose the […]

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Artistic spirit finds a perfect home in #SpecialAreas #reasonstoreturn

The eclectic spirit of the Village of Empress is a great fit for artists & creative types. Here’s our Q&A with Bev Farnden, Councilor with the on why Empress is so appealing to arts & culture enthusiasts. Q: Empress, Alberta is known for its history, wildlife and landscape, however what seems to be gaining in popularity is […]

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Being creative is part of the landscape in #SpecialAreas #reasontoreturn

A great example is Cattleman’s Cookhouse in Veteran.  Here’s our Q&A with Wanda Diakow, Economic Development Officer for #SpecialAreas4 on how an upstart business idea turned into a great venture for business & the community. Q: Cattlemen’s Cookhouse has been described as being a small, country eatery with a big city appeal. Can you explain what […]

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Land costs, accessibility and partnerships #reasons to return

Our Q&A with Jordon Christianson, Chairman Special Areas Board explains the advantages to developing in Rural #Special Areas! Q: There appears to be steady growth in the Special Areas as it pertains to land development, can you explain this further? Residential growth has been steady these last three years, whether it’s been adding new houses on developed […]

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