Development activities recognized

The Town of Rocky Mountain House, Red Deer County, Red Deer Regional Economic Development, and a consortium of six regional municipalities have all been recognized for their economic development activities.

The Town of Rocky Mountain House, Red Deer County, Red Deer Regional Economic Development, and a consortium of six regional municipalities have all been recognized for their economic development activities.

All received Achievement Awards from the Central Alberta Economic Partnership during CAEP’s fall general meeting on Thursday.

Rocky was rewarded for its Investment Opportunity Profiles project, which involved the development of four industry-targeted lure sheets with which to market the town.

Red Deer County’s work on the County News — which promotes county businesses and services ­— earned it an Achievement Award.

Red Deer Regional Economic Development — a partnership involving the City of Red Deer, Red Deer County, the Red Deer Chamber of Commerce and Red Deer College — earned its award for the promotional video Red Deer Corridor … Broaden Your Horizons.

Mountain View County, the towns of Carstairs, Didsbury, Olds and Sundre, and the Village of Cremona, were recognized for working together to establish a regional advisory board, draft an inter-municipal development plan template, and prepare a memorandum of agreement addressing issues of shared interest.

Receiving an honourable mention from CAEP was another partnership consisting of the Town of Stettler, Stettler County, the former David Thompson Health Region, the Clearview School Division, the Village of Big Valley, the summer villages of Rochon Sands and White Sands, and community residents. They worked together on the Stettler Regional Physician Recruitment and Retention Committee.

The meeting also saw three directors acclaimed to the CAEP board: Lacombe Mayor Judy Gordon returns as municipal representative of towns and villages, Red Deer County Councillor Jim Wood joins as municipal representative of municipal districts and counties, and Olds businessman Harvey Walsh returns as business representative. All received three-year terms.

An organizational meeting is planned for Dec. 3, at which time the board will choose its executive.

CAEP has also added two new members: the Village of Carbon as a municipal member and the Olds Institute for Community and Regional Development as an associate member.

Founded in 1998, CAEP is a regional economic development alliance with 42 municipal/Indian band members and 14 associate organizations.