Strathcona County joins regional economic development initiative

May 11, 2017

Strathcona County joins regional economic development initiative

Strathcona County Council voted unanimously Tuesday to become a shareholder in the new Edmonton Metropolitan Region Economic Development Entity. In voting to participate, Strathcona County is leading the way with the City of Leduc and Parkland County as early adopters of the initiative.

The initiative proposes to develop a regional economic development strategy to market the metro region globally, and to attract businesses and talent to the region. Near-term outcomes include developing a regional brand, a regional database, and a regional economic development strategy.

“Strathcona County’s participation makes good sense,” says Mayor Roxanne Carr. “In our region, no one municipality has the resources to compete effectively on a global scale. Together, we present a much stronger business case to international investors. All of us benefit from economic success in the region.

“Participating as an early adopter gives us an opportunity to help shape the future and direction of this exciting new initiative. We appreciate that the interim board has been broad in its articles of association to allow for that. We look forward, along with our economic development team, to partnering with business, industry and others in the region to make this entity a reality.”

The outcomes proposed by the board align closely with two of Strathcona County's strategic priorities: i) to advance the community’s interests by developing and maintaining strong relationships with our neighbouring municipalities and civic organizations to ensure long-term prosperity, and ii) to promote the county locally, nationally and internationally as a place that is open for business and investment. 

“The idea for a regional economic development entity has previously been identified by the Capital Region Board, which supported and incubated the development of this new entity,” says Mayor Carr. “We appreciate the leadership of the interim board, in focusing stakeholders and providing the direction needed to make the conceptual initiative a reality.”

More information about Strathcona County Economic Development and Tourism

Set in the centre of Alberta’s energy and agricultural heartland, Strathcona County is a thriving, successful and vibrant community of more than 98,000 residents. Strathcona County is made up of the urban area of Sherwood Park and a large adjacent rural area of farms, acreages and smaller hamlets. It is home to 75 per cent of refining in Western Canada. With a focus on economic, governance, social, cultural and environmental sustainability, Strathcona County is committed to balancing the unique needs of its diverse community.

 

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Contact:

Strathcona County Communications, 780-410-6595