Next CAEP Board meeting is March 23 2022
 Workforce Strategies Report is complete and in review. Watch our website for the upcoming release which will be shared with CAEP members.

March 2 Economic Development Mastery 1.5 hour Session (below) on Attracting Global Entrepreneurs hosted via zoom by CAEP.

HOLD THE DATE: May 18 Economic Developers Alberta course for Elected Officials. This full day course, facilitated by Natalie Gibson, will provide elected officials with the foundational knowledge and skills needed to set a clearly defined path for prosperity and gain support from your community. CAEP's course will be held at the Millet Agriplex. Thanks to JEDI (Joint Economic Development Initiative) and Enhance Energy for keeping costs low through sponsorships for the venue and for lunch. Watch your email for Registration!
Board Planning Session February 22 & 23, 2022
CAEP's Board participated in a productive and busy 2-day planning session working with the findings of the membership research conducted by Incite Strategy as part of the Regional Economic Growth Strategy. As a result, the Board identified key strategies for CAEP staff and consultants to continue developing.

Once completed, this work will inform CAEP's new Strategic Plan. At the March 23 2022 Board meeting, Directors will discuss the draft strategic plan which, after approval and adoption, will guide the activities of CAEP in service to our member communities for the coming four years. Thanks to the Board for their time and input on this important work!
CAEP board and staff wrapping up two days of planning based on the research compiled from the Regional Economic Growth Strategy.
RMA 2022 Spring Convention Mar 14-16 2022, Edmonton

The convention will include a resolution session, two ministerial forums, educational sessions and networking opportunities. Register and see the Agenda for the Rural Municipalities of Alberta 2022 Spring Convention.

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Thanks to the generous support of the YourAlberta (Government of Alberta)Red Deer County and The City of Red Deer; the Red Deer Regional Airport is set to begin a $15 million dollar expansion plan, which includes: widening the main runway from 30 meters to 45 meters and strengthening of the main taxiway and apron.

Once complete, these key infrastructure upgrades will allow the airport to attract the types of businesses and aircrafts commonly associated with low cost airlines, cargo operators, and heavy aircraft maintenance/repair facilities. Read More at https://www.flyreddeer.ca/
Economic Development Mastery Session
Zoom Link to be provided to registrants.

03/02/22 3:30pm - 03/02/22 5:00pm

How to Attract Global Entrepreneurs to Rural Alberta: A Business Retention and Attraction Strategy for economic developers.
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Session will be presented by Canada Immigration and Visa Services professional consultants who provide employment and immigration programs and services, and business sales listings.

CIVS Canada Immigration and Visa Services Inc (CIVS) is an authorized national and international Employment Agency operating under License / Registration Number 348406 issued by and under the authority of the Government of Alberta, Canada.
Economic Development Week
May 9 - 13 2022
Economic Developers Alberta (EDA) - Awards of Excellence ...

The EDA Awards Program recognizes the province's best economic development programs, partnerships and professionals that have made significant contributions to the profession. Nominations must be submitted by March 11 2022

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Economic Development Week 2022

Municipalities are encouraged to help EDA Alberta amplify economic development efforts by proclaiming Economic Development week and using their promotional toolkit.

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The City of Wetaskiwin Economic Development department recently launched a monthly Business Spotlight featuring local businesses within their target industries. 

The aim of the program is to showcase their local businesses, foster pride in Wetaskiwin's business community and continue to build their economy. The Business Spotlight is promoted through the local newspaper (print, digital and branded content), social media and a dedicated landing page. 

Housing & Economic News
Download Report The Real Economy Canada: Winter 2022

Canada's economy had a bumpy ride in the past year. Download the RSM's 16-page Real Economy, Canada: Winter 2022 issue to read RSM Canada LLP's views on the economic and energy outlook, our food supply, housing construction, telecoms and more.

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Are you an Albertan municipality looking to increase housing diversity, working to attract new residents, or have recently created supportive policy changes and want to explore next steps? The Sustainable Housing Initiative (SHI) is working to support diverse, sustainable, and equitable housing development in rural Albertan communities through its Enabling Housing Choice Project.
The Enabling Housing Choice project will drive transformational, long-term policy change that will benefit Alberta’s rural real estate industry by addressing policy, bylaw and process barriers that realtors, housing developers, and municipalities often face when trying to improve housing choice. It will also help address the lack of capacity in many municipalities while bringing together key stakeholders to work together to achieve common goals. Click this link to connect with Enabling Housing Choice Project (housingredefined.ca) This project was made possible through funding and support from the Alberta Real Estate Foundation.
Conference 2022 - Wed, March 2 & 3, 2022

Fit Cities Fit Towns Canada Conference 2022 The annual conference shares evidence-based strategies and practice-informed innovations for improving our buildings, neighbourhoods, streets and communities for Healthy Living

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New CAEP Website Content
Steps to Starting a Business as an Indigenous Entrepreneur

Starting your Indigenous small business is exciting and rewarding, but the start-up process can be overwhelming. This video will walk you through the steps to starting a business as an Indigenous entrepreneur to help you get your new business...

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Thanks to a recent website visitor, we've updated the Business Resources linked from the CAEP website.

We're also seeking feedback on our website, please complete the survey each time you exit our site and Help Us Improve the Site!

Budget 2022 is moving Alberta forward.

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Alberta budget includes 'historic' $1.8B investment to...

Premier Jason Kenney says Thursday's budget will include a $1.8-billion investment for the renewal and expansion of Red Deer Regional Hospital Centre. The premier made the announcement in Red Deer Wednesday morning. Kenney said the $1.8-billion...

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January Labour Force Survey:

"Today's job numbers reflect that despite COVID-19's impact, Alberta's economy continues to push forward. The gains made last month...

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Alberta to lift almost all remaining health restrictions

Since step one began on Feb. 8, COVID-19 positivity rates in the province have continued to decline. Hospitalizations in intensive and...

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Improving quality of life-not just business-is the best...

Over the course of the 20th century and into recent years, America's industrial Midwest-once a landscape of similar small and large manufacturing and mill towns-has into today's reality of two Midwests. One Midwest features communities that have...

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CAEP Mission
Empower our communities to advance sustainable regional economic development.

CAEP Vision
Be recognized across Canada as an innovative and prosperous region. 

CAEP Values
Put communities first
Act with integrity
Provide leadership
Be open and inclusive