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The Road to Recovery - Economic Development Awards

The Road to Recovery - Economic Development Awards

We are pleased to share information about two Community Futures member initiatives that have been awarded Community Awards of Excellence from the Economic Developers of Alberta. 


Community Futures West Yellowhead – Supporting Local on the Road to Recovery: #ChooseWestYellowhead
Regional Collaboration and Partnership Project

This year-long multi-faceted initiative looked to deliver cultural change in rural communities towards thinking local first as well as encouraging businesses to cater to residents. Throughout the project, the #ChooseWestYellowhead initiative continued to shift focus and adapt to the needs of the local business community on their road to recovery.

Learn more about #ChooseWestYellowhead 


Community Futures Wild Rose - Wild Rose Agritourism Innovation Challenge
Economic Development Renewal Project

This challenge was designed to build a regional micro-cluster of innovative local businesses located within the Wild Rose service region. The successful participation of 20 small businesses provided examples of innovation in the sector, grew new businesses within the cluster, and helped community stakeholders better understand the potential of agritourism.

Read more about the Wild Rose Agritourism Innovation Challenge or view a Video Final Report


EDA Nancy and Wendy

(Photo left: Nancy Robbins, General Manager, Community Futures West Yellowhead
Right: Wendy Gerbrandt, Community Economic Development Officer, Community Futures Wild Rose)

Community Futures offices work alongside community leaders and other key stakeholders to create Community Economic Development plans and implement projects that support a more prosperous rural business community and a stronger diversified economy. Learn more.

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Guidance, support, and financial help for small businesses. Community Futures has been helping rural Alberta entrepreneurs for over 30 years with guidance, business loans, training, and free resources.
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