The Government of Alberta, seeking ways to ensure our rural economy continues to flourish, created a Rural Economic Development Task Force in early 2014, chaired by the Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development and supported by a team of rural MLAs. The task force held eight in-person roundtable discussions in Athabasca, Fairview, Edson, Olds, Medicine Hat, Lethbridge, Vermilion, and Camrose. The engagement sessions were attended by more than 230 participants, representing a variety of stakeholders such as municipalities, post-secondary institutions, chambers of commerce, regional development entities and industry associations. Stakeholders were asked for their input on rural economic development strategies, conditions for success and their ideas for innovation.
The Rural Economic Development Action Plan – an economic pathway for rural Alberta outlines the steps that governments, industries, businesses and communities can take to increase economic development capacity, improve on the current suite of initiatives and orchestrate new opportunities to enable rural Alberta’s continued success.