Regional economic reps attend U.S. investment summit

Representatives from a regional economic development group rubbed elbows with prospective investors from around the world last week in Washington, D.C. Mitch Thomson and Dale Barr attended the SelectUSA Investment Summit on behalf of Central Alberta: Access Prosperity. The event attracted people from more than 80 countries and from across the United States.

Representatives from a regional economic development group rubbed elbows with prospective investors from around the world last week in Washington, D.C. Mitch Thomson and Dale Barr attended the SelectUSA Investment Summit on behalf of Central Alberta: Access Prosperity. The event attracted people from more than 80 countries and from across the United States.

“We met and connected with economic development officers from each U.S. state,” said Thomson, who is executive director of the Olds Institute. “Specifically, I made a connection with a large multinational pharmaceutical company that could benefit from service provided by a local pharmaceutical company.

“I returned with a very large number of contacts to follow up with and share.”

SelectUSA was established by President Barack Obama in 2011 to promote business investment in the United States. Central Alberta: Access Prosperity resulted from an economic alliance involving Red Deer County, the City of Red Deer, Red Deer College, the Red Deer Chamber of Commerce and Central Alberta Economic Partnership (CAEP). Barr is manager of CAEP.