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Agenda & Guest Speaker Announced!
Alicia Planincic will be the featured speaker at CAEP's AGM. Alicia has international experience and education and a solid expertise in data analytics. She brings a fresh perspective of economics to her role in designing policy research and identifying actionable insights as the manager of Policy and Economics at Alberta Business Council.
June 17 Meeting Agenda:
8:00 am – Networking and registration
8:30 am – Welcome, Land Acknowledgement and Invocation
8:45 am – Breakfast is served
9:30 am – Chair's Message
9:45 am – Financials
10:00 am – CAEP Update
10:30 am – Guest Speaker
11:15 am – Questions
11:30 am – Adjournment

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Free Engagement Session Registering Soon!
Economic Developers, Planners, and CAEP members including business representatives and elected officials... save the date for this free engagement session June 9. Registration is required.
“In the Eyes of the Investor” is aligned with the economic develop theme of Attracting Investment through a Business Friendliness Attitude.
Learn first hand from developers and investors and their perspectives of municipal business friendliness and how impactful it is on their business decisions.

The session be hosted at the amazing "The Track on 2" venue and will include:
  • Roundtable
  • Business Friendliness Chat
  • Questions
  • Networking Session

Following the session at 5, stay for light refreshments. Local elected officials, MLAs, Ministers and MPs will be invited to join us for an informal networking session!
Economic Development Week May 9 - 13 2022 #EconDevWeek22
CAEP was in Edmonton May 10 at the Legislature advocating for economic development in the region. Led by CAEP Chair James Carpenter, and Vice-Chair Chief Leonard StandingontheRoad and Executive Director, Kimberley Worthington, we met with Labour and Immigration Minister Kaycee Madu, Minister of Infrastructure Prasad Panda, and MLA Richard Godried (Calgary-Fish Creek) who is the current President of Pacific NorthWest Economic Region (PNWER) which is having its 2022 Annual Summit in Calgary July 24-28 2022. Later we had the privilege of attending session live in the gallery and being introduced in the House by Speaker and former CAEP Board member, Nathan Cooper MLA for Olds-Didsbury-Three HIlls. It was a great way to kick off the week!
“I would like to extend my deep appreciation and thanks for all of the support our economic developers provide in helping Alberta businesses and communities succeed and thrive.”  ~ Minister of Jobs, Economy and Innovation Doug Schweitzer
What is Economic Development?
Economic development is the intentional practice of improving a community’s economic well-being and quality of life. It includes a broad-range of activities to attract, create, and retain jobs, and to foster a resilient, pro-growth tax base and an inclusive economy.

The practice of economic development comprises of a collaborative effort involving industry, government and myriad community stakeholders. Download the "What is Economic Development Brochure" to provide a basic overview on economic development, EDOs, and what economic developers do for your community.

Why Invest in Economic Development in Good Times?- An excellent resource when the value of economic development programs is called into question. This brochure provides the rationale of why investing in economic development is good for a community.
Economic Developers Alberta course for Elected Officials June 15 2022
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. Check your email for online registration .
CAEP promotes Central Alberta in India
CAEP Chair and businessman James Carpenter will be travelling to India alongside Canada Immigration and Visa Services to promote CAEP member communities and the Alberta Advantage Immigration Program - Rural Entrepreneur Stream. These efforts fall within CAEPs Business Retention and Attraction portfolio. We are very excited to be meeting with 100s of potential global investors, many of whom are ambitiously pursuing relocation to rural Alberta through this stream. The short video above with Alberta Minister Madu is being used as a short introduction by CIVS.
CAEP Municipalities Tour Enhance Energy & Clive
The City of Red Deer Council and CAEP vice chair Chief Leonard StandingontheRoad toured the Enhance Energy site in Lacombe County where they learned all about carbon capture utilization and sequestration.

CAEP board members and Red Deer City Council members also toured the Village of Clive on behalf of Mayor Henri by Lacombe County Councillor Brenda Knight. Clive is not only home to Roosters Roadhouse, where the team enjoyed lunch, but also has an amazing K-9 school, a seed cleaning plant, and minor sports like baseball and hockey. If you're touring central Alberta, it's a must see.
Thanks to the City of Red Deer for providing a bus so CAEP's board and the Red Deer Council could network, and share ideas about regional economic development and collaboration. Another super benefit of being a CAEP member!

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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