CAEP receives additional funding!
As a participant in the Government of Alberta's stakeholder engagement processes over the past year, CAEP is pleased to learn about the resulting Economic Development in Rural Alberta Plan (EDRAP)

The five-year plan focuses on 5 key issues in rural Alberta, including:
  • economic development-enabling infrastructure,
  • rural business supports and entrepreneurship,
  • support for labour force and skills development,
  • marketing and promoting rural tourism, and
  • rural economic development capacity building.

So much of what CAEP does is in direct alignment with the direction of the EDRAP.

Minister of Jobs, Economy and Northern Development, Brian Jean said:
"With strengths in oil and gas, agriculture and forestry, tourism and emerging technologies, Alberta’s rural and northern communities are the backbone of our province’s economy. Actions identified in this plan will benefit rural and northern Albertans for years to come, including providing additional support to Alberta’s network of regional economic development alliances to fuel further economic growth and prosperity across our province.”

As one of the province's nine economic regions CAEP is excited to be receiving, $125,000 to support long-term economic prosperity in Central Alberta.
Welcome to CAEP's Newest Members:
Camrose County
The municipal district of Camrose County is located in Central Alberta and had a 2021 Census Population of 8,504 living in 3,223 private dwellings.
Municipal District of Bighorn
The Municipal District of Bighorn No. 8 is located in the Rocky Mountains and Foothills between Calgary and Banff National Park. It had a 2021 Census population of 1,598 living in 640 private dwellings.
CAEP also welcomes new Associate Member:
CAEP announces 2023
Board of Directors & Executive Committee
At the first meeting of Directors following their election at the Fall General Meeting in November, The Central Alberta Economic Partnership directors are pleased to announce their 2023 executive committee and slate of directors.

James Carpenter, business representative for the Town of Olds was acclaimed as the Chair of CAEP for the second year. He says “I am humbled to hold this leadership position. With effective organizations such as CAEP leading regional collaboration, central Alberta communities will be instrumental in helping the province’s economy rebound in the coming year. I am excited about the progress to date and about the work yet to be done.”

The full slate of CAEP’s 2023 Directors, effective December 14, 2022 is:
The new Board’s first order of business was approving the January release of the Regional Economic Growth Strategy which was completed with the involvement of stakeholders over the past year and will serve as the organization’s strategic plan until 2027.
CAEP Thanks its Sponsors and Red Deer's Golden Circle for hosting the Fall General Meeting.
CAEP Holiday Closure
CAEP’s offices will be closed for the holidays NOON December 23, 2022 – January 2, 2023 inclusive.

We will be closed to spend time with family and friends over the holidays and wish you a happy holiday too!

Best Wishes for 2023!
Alberta Economic Development Project Grants
Northern and Regional Economic Development Program

Deadline: January 22, 2023 The Northern and Regional Economic Development Program funds initiatives led by Alberta municipalities, Indigenous communities and non-profit organizations that promote regional economic development and diversification.

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March 30 2023 Westerner Park
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ICYMI: Alberta Economic News Clips
Municipalities Join Central Alberta Economic Partnership

Economic development adds three more municipalities and gets provincial funding boost Central Alberta Economic Partnership (CAEP) is heading into 2023 on a roll. The province's nine regional economic alliances, of which CAEP is one, saw their...

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RDP set to house large-scale production 3D printer -

Red Deer Polytechnic is first Canadian post-secondary institution with this type of 3D printer Red Deer Polytechnic's Centre for Innovation in Manufacturing will be home to one of the only digital light-processing 3D printers at any...

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Province announces massive commitments to rural Alberta

Rural Alberta is a driving force in the economy and the new Economic Development in Rural Alberta Plan will complement current government initiatives while supporting diversification and job opportunities in rural communities.

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CAEP Mission
A convenor of business, communities, and people,
CAEP fosters local success to advance our regional competitive advantage.

CAEP Vision
Beyond ordinary, Central Alberta is a business friendly, diverse, and welcoming region that provides optimal opportunity for all. 

CAEP Values
Put communities first
Act with integrity
Provide leadership
Be open and inclusive