JEDI Celebrates Economic Development Week

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The Joint Economic Development Initiative (JEDI) commemorates the week of May 9-13 as Economic Development Week. During this week, communities across North America will celebrate and recognize the contributions of professional economic development organizations to creating more vibrant and economically viable communities. Most importantly, JEDI salutes companies that have endured many challenges over the past few years and commends you for your resilience and contributions to your communities and the JEDI region.

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JEDI is proud that its two municipal members, Wetaskiwin County and the Town of Millet have amplified the region’s economic development efforts by participating in the 2022 Community Challenge and that their councils are officially proclaiming May 9-13 Economic Development Week.

“With the economic recovery from COVID being a top priority in the JEDI region, it is important to encourage residents and businesses, large and small, to recognize May 9-13, 2022 as ‘Economic Development Week’ in the JEDI region. . Check out the JEDI social media pages as we celebrate the JEDI region, we’re all proud to call home!” – Joan Miller, JEDI Director of Economic Development

Over the past year, the area has welcomed new industrial ventures, including SATO Canada at the Millet Industrial Park and Familia Brewing at the Village of Pigeon Lake.

SATO specializes in training operators of vacuum trucks, tank trucks and crawler hoes. Their mission is to develop a new group of operators better trained and equipped to embrace a long-term career in the oil and gas industry. In addition, SATO offers a unique course offering a basic orientation on the drill site as well as the courses required to be certified on site, such as H2S and First Aid.

Familia Brewing is a seasonally inspired craft brewery by the lake. They make a variety of beers, from easy-drinking favorites to seasonal, small-batch experiments. If you’re in the Pigeon Lake area, be sure to stop by their bar for a unique craft beer experience!

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Find out what it takes to successfully launch your business by participating in the StartUp Leduc Wetaskiwin Regions, made possible by JEDI, the Regional Chamber of Leduc, Nisku and Wetaskiwin, The Light House Cowork and neighboring municipalities.

The program launched in February 2022 is designed to empower, connect and provide businesses with the resources they need to succeed.

For more information about the program and how it can help you start your business, contact Amber Cook, Director at [email protected]

JEDI, in cooperation with the Central Alberta Economic Partnership (CAEP), recently applied for the JEDI region to participate in the Alberta Advantage immigration program.

JEDI is pleased to announce that its municipal members, Wetaskiwin County and the Town of Millet are among the first communities in Alberta to be named Rural Communities Participating in the Rural Entrepreneur Stream and believes this program will make a significant difference to promote economic development in our Region.

The Rural Entrepreneur Stream allows Alberta to nominate qualified and skilled entrepreneurs who want to start a new business or buy an existing business in a rural Alberta community. Candidates interested in the JEDI region will connect directly with JEDI to discuss their business proposal and schedule an exploratory visit.

JEDI is grateful for CAEP’s assistance in pursuing this opportunity and will continue to work with CAEP and our municipal partners to determine the best exploratory visit process for our region. Entrepreneurs play a key role in Alberta’s economy and JEDI is excited about the potential to attract qualified entrepreneurs to our region.

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Further information regarding the rural entrepreneur stream of the Alberta Advantage immigration program is available online at https://www.alberta.ca/aaip-rural-entrepreneur-stream-eligibility.aspx

We encourage you to support local businesses that sponsor various non-profit events and organizations, as well as provide jobs, goods and services to our community.

For more information regarding the above or the various services provided by JEDI, contact JEDI’s Director of Economic Development, Joan Miller at 780-335-5334 or [email protected]

Please follow @JEDIAlberta on Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn and visit jedialberta.com for updates on events, funding and business resources.

—JEDI

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