Community Economic Development

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Community Economic Development

Strong, vibrant, sustainable rural communities.

In addition to working with entrepreneurs to create successful, sustainable small businesses in rural Alberta, we also focus on the larger communities in which these businesses operate. We work alongside community leaders and other key stakeholders to create Community Economic Development plans and implement projects that support value-added activity and expansion into new sectors. We also take a ‘big picture view’ of the health of our community’s businesses, and help with broad business retention and succession planning strategies.

Each community has unique assets and individual visions for the future, therefore our role varies from community to community.

Some examples of how we can support communities include:

  • Economic development planning
  • Strategic planning
  • Project planning and project management
  • Training and resource sharing
  • Research
  • Non-profit board development training
  • Connections to expertise

If your community has a desire to grow and/or diversify, contact your nearest Community Futures office to explore ideas for working together.

Community Economic Development FAQs

Want to create or update your community’s economic development plan?

The Government of Alberta has created a very useful and user-friendly guide. Turning Strategies into Action - Economic development planning guide for communities.

Want to assess your community for growth readiness?

Want to explore resources and information for your community about growth options?

Want to understand how community economic development works?

Want to understand how community change works?

What to know how to support the growth of business sectors in your community?

Want to learning about community collaboration strategies?

Want to explore best practices for rural community economic development?


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