Vegreville business leaders recently met with the Town Council to share information and perspectives on the current economic situation in our community.
The meeting held on January 17 was organized by the Town of Vegreville and included leaders from the Vegreville Chamber of Commerce and the Vegreville Economic Development and Tourism Board (VEDTAB).
“Over the last year there has been considerable media focus on Vegreville, mostly related to the Federal Government’s announcement to close Case Processing Centre (CPC)” , said Mayor Tim MacPhee. “While the fight to oppose the CPC decision will continue, we must also work together to promote the positive aspects of our community and secure new investments.”
The meeting in January was an opportunity for each group to provide an update on specific strengths of our community and potential opportunities for the future. The feedback provided by the participants will be incorporated into a comprehensive economic development strategy.
Mayor MacPhee notes that “Vegreville has submitted an application to the Government of Alberta for funding to better understand what the community has to offer potential businesses and also to identify industry sectors we can target for investment.”
“We are a community that has a lot to offer but we need to work together to make sure we are focusing our efforts in the right direction,” he adds.
Vegreville Town Council has committed to providing the community with updates about our ongoing advocacy efforts and highlight economic development plans. The Town and business leaders also want to ensure the residents have role in these efforts and have released some tips on what the community can do to support local businesses.
“Vegreville is such a great community to live and do business. Our community has faced numerous challenges in the past only to emerge stronger and more resilient, I am confident we will do so again,” said MacPhee.