Airdrie businesses and residents asked to help shape city’s economic future

August 16, 2016

AIRDRIE, ALBERTA - What do you love about Airdrie? What can be improved? What should Airdrie look like in 10 years? Those are the questions the City of Airdrie is posing to Airdrie businesses and residents in a new initiative.

The City of Airdrie is in the early stages of creating a 10-year economic strategy for Airdrie, and has begun the process of engaging with the public.

“Businesses and residents are the heart of our community and the local economy, so it is exceedingly important that their voices help shape the city’s economic future. We have created a fun way for Airdrie residents to tell us what makes Airdrie great, and what can be improved on,” says Kent Rupert, Economic Development Team Leader.

The “We Are Airdrie” initiative gives people the chance to tell the City what they like about Airdrie and what they wish for the future. Residents can complete a quick online survey and can plot comments about places and events on a real-time online city map.

“Airdrie is a loved city; we hear it time and time again, but we are trying to gain insight into the reasons why people love the city and how that shapes who we are now and into the future,” explains Rupert.

Resident and business feedback will be incorporated into the 10-year economic strategy. Airdrie’s Economic Strategy will set a vision for economic development to boldly propel the community forward. It will identify the community’s unique sense of place and act as a catalyst for a vibrant entrepreneurial climate. By connecting key City of Airdrie guiding strategies and plans, it will outline high-level priorities and the resulting short, medium and long-term actions to guide economic growth and sustainability. The strategy will be completed by the end of this year.

Residents wishing to have their say should visit the project website at and participate in the online survey and map.

The Economic Development team will also be taking part in a number of community and business events (including AirdrieFest on September 10), and residents and businesses are encouraged to attend. Future events will be listed on


Media contact:

Kent Rupert, Team Leader
Economic Development
403.948.8800 ext. 8738



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