Celebrating Economic Development

May 9, 2022 / For Immediate Release

AIRDRIE, ALBERTA – Each year, Airdrie City Council recognizes the hard work and contributions made by the Economic Development department and has proclaimed May 9 - 13 as Economic Development Week.

In Airdrie, the Economic Development department works in collaboration with other City departments and community organizations including the Airdrie Chamber of Commerce, Bow Valley College, Community Futures Centre West, Prospect Employment Services, Career Leap and other business support organizations. Together our efforts facilitate a broad range of activities to attract, create and retain jobs, as well as to foster a resilient, pro-growth tax base and an inclusive economy.

Recognizing Economic Development Week aligns with the continued importance Council has placed on this area through the recent adoption of their Focus Areas. Further emphasizing its overall importance to the long-term sustainability of our community.

“Economic development is exciting and diverse work,” says Sara Chamberlain, Team Leader, Economic Development. “From working one-on-one with business owners to collaborating with partners on community projects to collecting data and tracking performance measures, economic development professionals play many important roles in their community. The reward of their work is effective programs and services that can lead to transformative, long-term change.”

The City’s Economic Development team supports businesses by:

  • Attracting new business and investment to Airdrie and promoting the city as a prime location for economic activity
  • Helping local businesses grow and expand
  • Supporting existing local businesses to navigate the challenges they face throughout the lifecycle of their business
  • Connecting employers with skilled workers and building a talent pipeline of future workers in the city
  • Offering training and programs for entrepreneurs and new firms to set up, grow and access resources needed to succeed
  • Advocating for community improvements such as downtown revitalization to create vibrate places where people want to live, work and play
  • Enhancing Airdrie’s visitor economy and increasing the city’s tourism offerings

The International Economic Development Council created the week in 2016 to recognize the unique role an economic development department has in creating vibrant communities with strong economies.

For more information on any of these activities or other tools and resources Economic Development can provide to help support the local economy, contact the team at economic.development@airdrie.ca or 403.948.8844.

To stay up to date on economic development in Airdrie and follow how the City is celebrating Economic Development Week, follow us on LinkedIn, Facebook or @airdrieecdev on Instagram.

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Media contact:
Adena Malyk
Economic Development Officer
403-604-5408

 

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