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May 22, 2018
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The Medicine Hat & District Chamber of Commerce is pleased to announce the election of three new directors, one re-elected director and eight returning directors for the 2018-2020 term. Directors assist in providing leadership and advocacy for a continued healthy business environment, as well as contributing to the voice of business in Medicine Hat and surrounding area. Directors who were elected to begin their term September 1, 2018 are:

  • Dave Hanni - CJCY 102.1 FM (re-elected)
  • Irlanda Price - Medicine Hat College
  • Tammy Sweeney - Canalta Centre
  • Reagan Weeks - Southeastern Alberta Sexual Assault Response Committee

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The Port of Wild Horse began operating on its summer hour schedule of 8 a.m. to 9 p.m., daily, on May 15. The summer hours will continue until September 30. The winter schedule of 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. will resume on October 1. The Port of Wild Horse Montana, is located about 1½ hours south of Medicine Hat, Alberta, via Alberta 41, and 45 minutes north of Havre, Montana, via Montana Highway 232. This border has been a key issue for many stakeholders in Alberta and Montana for many years. Transportation and logistics plays a critical role in our economy, as it supports a variety of industries across the province. Yet, with one of the best transportation systems in Canada, we still have only one full-service commercial port of entry between Alberta and the U.S. For over a decade the Chamber has been advocating for better access and hours at our borders to facilitate efficient trade between Canada and the US. Read our policy online here
Employers will be required to have a committee or representative to address health and safety concerns in the workplace as of June 1, 2018. Alberta Labour in partnership with the Canadian Centre for Occupational Health and Safety has developed a free introductory course for Alberta residents to help committee co-chairs and representatives learn about their roles and responsibilities. This course will help employers meet their requirements to ensure committee members and representatives have adequate training. Participants will receive a two hour credit and a certificate will be issued upon successful completion. Learn more about the requirements here
While our Chamber has been around since the year 1900, many people may still not be aware of what our Chamber of Commerce does. Our member-based organization has always represented "the voice" of the business community and has always stood fro promoting business, monitoring government and championing managed growth in the local economy. So what does that mean? Read more
A new program is available through Energy Efficiency Alberta for industrial and commercial facilities. The $88-million Custom Energy Solutions program is supported by funding from the Alberta government through Energy Efficiency Alberta, and the federal government through the Low Carbon Economy Leadership Fund, over three years. Industrial and commercial facilities in a broad range of sectors, including manufacturing, oil and natural gas, wholesale trades, warehousing and waste management, can apply to receive incentive funding for custom energy upgrades. Funding will be available on a wide variety of equipment and systems such as heat recovery, combined heat and power, steam, compressed air, refrigeration and more.  Read more
Information helps to make better informed decisions. A number of agricultural products have been released by the Economics and Competitive Branch containing agriculture industry specific statistics and data. Read more
Nominations are now being accepted for Canada's Volunteer Awards. This is a great opportunity to recognize the important work of volunteers and to acknowledge that our country would not be the same without them. The call for nominations for Canada's Volunteer Awards is now open until June 15, 2018. You are invited to nominate an individual, a group, a not-for-profit organization or a socially responsible business to receive an award. Read more
Stop in to one of downtown's newest restaurants, The Cellar! Located in basement of the fullyrestored Beveridge building. Now offering an express lunch menu! 

Work on the South Railway Street - South Flats project continues. Paving of the bottom lift asphalt occurred on May 17, 2018, in Stage 4 of the South Railway Street rehabilitation project from Allowance Avenue overpass to northwest of 7 Street SE intersection. The next phase of construction will be from northwest of 7 Street SE to the 8th Avenue intersection on South Railway Street. Starting Tuesday, May 22, 2018, the traffic on South Railway Street from Allowance Avenue overpass to Kingsway Avenue will be reduced to westbound one-way traffic only. Eastbound traffic will be detoured via Kingsway Avenue SE and 9th Street SE back onto South Railway Street. Read more
Alberta Major Projects is transitioning from Twitter to a monthly news feed that will be hosted on the new Invest Alberta website. This news feed will show all project stage changes each month. We encourage you to visit the new platform here and watch for the email subscription feature to launch June 2018. The current Twitter account will cease to operate this month.
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