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  • Chamber celebrates 125th anniversary

    On March 17th the Red Deer & District Chamber of Commerce will celebrate its 125th anniversary.

    In 1894 the Red Deer Board of Trade was established and set its first goal to establish a municipal government for the area.  By 1901 Red Deer was incorporated as a town.  As time went on the Board of Trade become more heavily involved in improving Red Deer’s position and eventually became involved in national issues.  By 1953 the Board of Trade had experienced such growth that a decision was made to officially change its name to the Red Deer Chamber of Commerce.

    The Chamber plans to spend a good part of 2019 promoting their roots in the community and historical significance at their events and through marketing efforts.  “We have several things planned this year that tie in to our 125 year anniversary.  Including our 125 year brand that is a replicating the original Welcome to Red Deer sign from the 1960s.  The Chamber has been a pillar in the community and instrumental in helping shape Red Deer into the vibrant city it is today” says Rick More, CEO, Red Deer & District Chamber of Commerce.

    The Chamber invites their members to join them on March 15th from 2-4pm at their open house to kick off the celebrations.  Members and the public can watch for their communications throughout the year and can follow them on social media through their Facebook: www.fb.com/RedDeerChamber and Twitter: @reddeerchamber

    The Red Deer & District Chamber of Commerce is a collaborative leader in building a globally significant region and a vibrant community.


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    Great Slate of Guests Coming to the Red Deer Home Show!

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  • The Red Deer Home Show is back once again for 2019!

    Over 280 vendors will be on hand to provide Central Albertans with new products and services, ideas and décor in Canada’s hottest economic region!

    Be sure to also check out a few of this year’s excellent speakers and celebrities- they’ll be talking everything from gardening, to home organization to senior living!

    Here are your 2019 speakers and when they’ll be taking the stage:

    Donna Balzer- One of Western Canada’s Top Gardeners

    Garden expert, regular guest on CBC radio in Alberta and host of internationally aired Bugs & Blooms on HGTV.

    Donna brings garden inspiration and practical insider information to get you growing your own vegetables this season.

    You will learn: The basics of garden design, selecting plants and choosing containers that are right for you plus the secret to growing pest-free food. Learn tips and tricks to grow great vegetables in 2019.

    Saturday, March 16 at 2:30pm

    Sunday, March 17 at 11:30am

    Learn more about Donna here: www.donnabalzer.com

     

     

     

    Chelsie Anderson- Garden Gratitude Throughout the Seasons

    Regular CBC Radio “The Home Stretch” contributor, Chelsie understands gardens from a lifetime of hands-on experience. She has been the owner and operator of her gardening business “Garden SOIL-utions” for over a decade where she passionately tends to existing gardens and installs new ones with inspiration. In addition to her CBC appearances, Chelsie is frequently in the media; on CTV News, Global News, and gets many a mention in the Calgary Herald. She also sells red wiggler worms and their poop, known as castings, to gardeners who love the soil as much as she does. Beautiful plants start from the ground up!

    Sunday, March 17 at 1:30pm

    Learn more about Chelsie here: www.chelsiesgardens.com

     

    Terry Hollman- Organizing Your Home

    As President of the Red Deer based company, Canadian Closet, Terry knows a little bit about helping Central Albertans get organized and de-cluttered. When setting New Year’s resolutions, getting organized is in the top 10 and is often a repeated goal throughout the year. Terry will provide advice, solutions and visuals during this presentation to explain the best solutions for organizing areas in the home.

    Attendees will be motivated to tackle closets, kitchens, pantries, garages, and more with practical, functional, and sensible ideas for keeping the home organized.

    Saturday, March 16 at 11:30am

    Carol Kelly- Healthy Yards

    Healthy yards mean healthy for you as landowner, your community and local wildlife. This casual presentation will introduce you to Medicine River Wildlife Centre, learn how they can help you and how you can take simple steps to mitigate any conflicts or injuries concerning wildlife in your yard.

    There will also be time to visit with Fang, the Centre’s education skunk, and ask any questions you may have.

    Sunday, March 17 at 2:30pm

    The BILD Team- Thinking about Buying a New Home or Renovating your home? Questions to ask before you hire your next contractor?

    Need to hire a home builder to build your new home or a contractor for your next renovation project?  Interviewed by Lisa Buckingham, from questions provided by the audience, Derek Fredeen, Andrew Wiebe and Kevin Wilkie will offer tips for selecting and working with a qualified professional before you start your search. This is a Q&A panel discussion so bring your questions, pens and paper.

     

    Saturday, March 16 at 3:45 pm. 

    Audience members will receive a free home show admission ticket to return on Sunday. With information provided by the panel, we only thought it fair to give you the chance to return on Sunday armed and ready to ask more questions to the trades participating in the show. Sponsored by BILD – Central Alberta

    Ellen Walker- How to Alleviate Stress and Make Your Home Work for You

    Ellen will go through some steps in the interior design process so that your home reflects you, and how a professional Interior Designer can achieve your vision while reducing the stress on you.

    Saturday, March 16 at 1:00pm

     

     

     

     

    Sue West, Isabelle Setter and Karen Patzer- Senior Living By Design

    Join Sue,  Isabelle, and Karen, from Timberstone Mews, Christenson Developments,  in a presentation and discussion on senior “Lifestyle Innovations & Resident-Centred Services”.

    Friday, March 15 at 6:00pm

     

     

     

     

    The 2019 Red Deer Home Show

    Dates and Times:
    Friday, March 15 – noon to 8:00pm
    Saturday, March 16 – 10:00am – 6:00pm
    Sunday, March 17 – 10:00am – 5:00pm


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    With a boost of up to $200 million from the Province, Inter Pipeline Ltd. investing $600 million in new petrochemical plant east of Edmonton

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  • Premier Notley announces private investment in a new petrochemical upgrading facility alongside David Chappell (r), Patrick Bergen and Pyramid Prefab Piping staff.

    From the Province of Alberta

    Made-in-Alberta plan attracts new jobs, investment

    Alberta is taking a significant step forward on a more diversified economy with a project that supports hundreds of jobs and adds more value to our energy resources.

    If the plan is finalized, Inter Pipeline Ltd. would invest about $600 million in a new petrochemical upgrading facility that would produce more valuable consumer products derived from propane, including acrylic acid that is used in many everyday consumer products. This major private investment is unlocked by support from Premier Rachel Notley’s Made-in-Alberta energy diversification strategy.

    The project would build on the company’s supply and knowledge of propylene, a product it already produces at the company’s other petrochemical facilities east of Edmonton. Construction would create about 600 jobs with another 50 long-term positions supporting the local economy once the facility is fully up and running.

    “For decades, Albertans settled for less while new jobs and investment went south of the border. So we’re grabbing the bull by the horns, fighting for a Made-in-Alberta plan that represents the single largest energy diversification effort since the days of Peter Lougheed. We’re proud to support upgrading projects like Inter Pipeline’s because they mean more good jobs and top dollar for the energy resources that belong to all Albertans.”

    Rachel Notley, Premier

    Inter Pipeline’s supply of propylene, a gas that results from adding value to raw propane, creates the opportunity to further leverage Alberta’s natural resource strengths and extend the value chain. By producing acrylic acid used in things like adhesives, floor polishes and paints, this project increases the likelihood of attracting investments in more manufacturing facilities in the future.

    “Alberta’s abundance of natural resources has positioned Inter Pipeline to invest in opportunities like this that build on our strengths to extend the value chain and make products that are in demand around the world. We want to commend this government for fostering the environment for companies like ours to grow and create jobs, while competitively positioning our business in the world market.”

    David Chappell, senior vice-president, Petrochemical Development, Inter Pipeline Ltd.

    The announcement was made at Pyramid Prefab Piping, one of the hundreds of companies across the province benefiting from the Made-in-Alberta strategy. As a manufacturer that employs about 45 people in Calgary, Pyramid was contracted to build key components for Inter Pipeline’s project already under construction.

    “We’re pleased to see the government’s vision for the future is focused on jobs and diversification, which will lead to more work for companies like ours to build the components needed for energy upgrading projects. This growth means we can put even more skilled tradespeople to work in the Calgary region and contribute even more to the oil and gas sector.”

    Patrick Bergen, president, Pyramid Prefab Piping

    If finalized by Inter Pipeline, the private investment would be unlocked by provincial support of up to $70 million in future royalty credits under the Petrochemicals Diversification Program, which was first developed in early 2016.

    Quick facts

    • Inter Pipeline’s acrylic acid and propylene derivatives facility would be in Alberta’s Industrial Heartland, northeast of Edmonton. Construction is expected to begin in 2021.
    • The facility would convert 60,000 tonnes per year of propylene and produce 80,000 tonnes per year of propylene derivatives, including acrylic acid, when operational.
    • Acrylic acid is a value-added product used to make coatings, adhesives, diapers, floor polishes and paints.
    • Roughly 50 skilled, local permanent jobs and 600 skilled trade construction jobs would be created.
    • Inter Pipeline has already been approved to receive up to $200 million in future royalty credits from the first round of the Petrochemicals Diversification Program for the construction its $3.5-billion Heartland Petrochemical Complex.

    Background

    Made-in-Alberta energy strategy

    • Premier Notley’s government is investing $3 billion to support energy diversification that creates jobs and adds value to our resources here at home.
    • The focus is on two key areas: partial upgrading of our bitumen and petrochemical processing that adds value to natural gas and natural gas liquids.
    • Overall, this commitment is expected to attract more than $25 billion in private-sector investment to Alberta and create more than 20,000 jobs.

    Petrochemical upgrading

    • Support for the Inter Pipeline facility is provided under the petrochemical portion of the Made-in-Alberta strategy.
    • Two projects – owned by the Canada-Kuwait Petrochemical Corporation and Inter Pipeline Ltd. – were selected under the first round of this program, which was announced in 2016. The projects combined for $8 billion in private investment, creating more than 5,000 jobs.
    • The government announced a second round of support for petrochemical upgrading in 2018.
      • Nauticol’s methanol facility was previously selected under the second round of this program. The entire project is a $2-billion private investment in a plant near Grande Prairie, creating roughly 3,000 direct and indirect jobs.
    • Albertans and Canadians use dozens of products every day that are based in part on petrochemicals like those from Alberta’s growing value-added industry including:
      • polyester fabric couches, HD televisions, phones coffeemakers and computers
      • car tires, engine hoses, gas, oil, radio components and seats
      • desks, chairs, computers, carpets, cellphones and other office supplies

    Partial upgrading of bitumen

    • $1 billion in grants and loan guarantees to encourage companies to invest in new or expanded bitumen-upgrading facilities.
    • Partial upgrading reduces the thickness of oil sands bitumen so it can flow through pipelines more easily, without having to be blended with diluent or as much diluent, a thinning agent. Benefits include:
      • increased prices for our resources before shipping
      • up to 30 per cent more capacity on existing pipelines
      • more world refineries capable of processing our product
      • cost savings on diluent for industry
      • fewer emissions by removing high carbon content

    Energy diversification timeline

    • January 2016 – Royalty Review Advisory Panel recommended more value-add within the province, including partial upgrading
    • February 2016 – Petrochemicals Diversification Program (PDP) introduced
    • October 2016 – Energy Diversification Advisory Committee (EDAC) formed
    • December 2016 – First PDP projects awarded
    • December 2017 – Inter Pipeline finalized investment in petrochemical project
    • February 2018 – EDAC reported back, including recommendation of partial upgrading, more PDP and additional support for petrochemical feedstock infrastructure
    • March 2018 – Government launched programs through the Energy Diversification Act
    • Fall 2018 – oil price differential hit crisis point. In response, government took several actions:
      • Temporary limit on oil production
      • Doubled support for PDP
      • Began crude-by-rail negotiations
      • Appointed LNG Investment Team
      • Request for industry interest in building refining capacity
    • January 2019 – Government announced letter of intent for first partial upgrading project awarded (Value Creation Inc.)
    • February 2019 – Canada-Kuwait Petrochemical Corporation  finalized investment in petrochemical project
    • February 2019 – Premier announced crude-by-rail agreements
    • February 2019 – Nauticol awarded first project under second round of PDP


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