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In a highly unusual move, Red Deer County Mayor Jim Wood writes a letter to everyone in the Red Deer region


Letter submitted by Mayor Jim Wood, Red Deer County

City of Red Deer Economic Climate

To the residents, business owners and elected officials of the Red Deer region.

I am writing this letter on behalf of Red Deer County Council, in the spirit of cooperation among those of us elected to lead this region into the 2020s.  This letter also comes as a response to a recent submission from the Red Deer Chamber of Commerce that indicated the City of Red Deer was a poor supporter of their business community.

I happen to believe that we are all in a better position to move forward when we work together.  As the saying goes, “A rising tide lifts all boats.”  This is certainly true when it comes to the local economy we rely on for goods, services, and employment.

In my 15 years on Council – the last 9 as Mayor – I have had countless dealings with the City regarding all kinds of matters.  Overall, the relationship has been extremely positive.  We collaborate with the City on crucial issues such as regional water and sewer services, and partner with them on many shared boards such as the Red Deer Regional Airport, Westerner Park, Family and Community Support Services, Central Alberta Economic Partnership and Access Prosperity.  The County and City have also worked in conjunction on funding requests for the Canadian Finals Rodeo and the Canada Winter Games.  In addition, we have participated together in regional lobbying in relation to our local College, Hospital and Courthouse.

I would like to point out that the Red Deer City and County Intermunicipal Development Plan (IDP) has been in effect for 13 years and has provided for a mutually beneficial relationship.  As you read this, we are beginning the process for our mandated Intermunicipal Collaborative Framework (ICF), and I anticipate this will be a very smooth process as well.

Much has been made in the press about City businesses leaving for other jurisdictions such as Gasoline Alley.  Red Deer County does not actively ‘poach’ businesses from the City, and we do not see Gasoline Alley or the New Junction 42 Partnership Rest Area as being in direct conflict with Red Deer Economic Development.  To put it simply, different businesses have different needs.  Some needs can be best managed in a City environment, and some are best met outside an urban setting.  Ultimately, business chooses the best location for success.  Regardless of the municipality, business growth in central Alberta provides important jobs for the region.

I have read that 90 new businesses opened in Red Deer over the last two years.  This statistic points to the overall health and resiliency of our regional economy.  As for the downtown area, Red Deer County recognizes that most cities struggle with downtown development; every modern urban environment goes through transition stages.

In closing, I hope that we all continue to work together to foster a welcoming business environment in the Red Deer region.  I know that working together to attract and retain jobs is a far more effective use of our time than creating a divisive and hostile climate among the leaders of our community.

Yours truly,

Mayor Jim Wood

Red Deer County

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Consider Safety

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Examine Wear and Tear

Your vehicle is worth more now than it ever will be. Every kilometer you put on, every scratch, dent, or ding, and every new model that comes out, decreases the value of your vehicle. Repairs will either have you locked into that vehicle because you’ve invested in it with various repairs or even large bills for an engine or transmission. Another scenario could be that you’ll end up trading it in at a fraction of the ‘in good running condition’ value.

How much warranty do you have remaining?

If you have a vehicle that’s coming close to the end of the warranty this is generally a good time to look at a new vehicle. The latest statistics say that vehicles without warranty cost on average $1,500 a year to maintain. If you are someone that keeps your vehicle longer than the factory warranty supports, we also have a range of products to keep your vehicle protected and under warranty.

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Women Leading Change is back! Sign up for this one-day professional development event for women in business



Check out this video and send this post to your friends and the business women in your life who are leading change!

This one-day professional development day features a variety of workshops, networking, great food, and an inspiring guest speaker.  All for just $100.00!

Topics include HR, Social Media, Marketing, Accounting, Legal, Finance and more!  It’s also a fantastic place to network and enjoy some great food together.

Guest speaker is Canadian Paralympic Swimmer Tammy Cunnington, a Parapan American Games Medalist, Rio 2016 Paralympian, & Women of Excellence award winner.

Women Leading Change is a partnership with BDC, RSM Canada and the Red Deer & District Chamber of Commerce


Women Leading Change

Tuesday Sep 10, 2019
9:00 AM – 6:00 PM MDT

Welikoklad Centre – Red Deer

4922 49 St Red Deer AB T4N 1V3


For Information contact Shelley Hanlan 403-347-4491 Send Email

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