Palliser Economic Partnership (PEP) engages in key initiatives that benefit the entire region and align with our Core Focus Areas. PEP undertakes initiatives that are typically outside of the scope and reach of member municipalities to do on their own.
For more details on the following initiatives, see our 2016-2017 Annual Report.
Logistics Park Assessment
PEP is supporting an investigation into the feasibility of a logistics park in or near Oyen that is currently an abandoned Branch line. If feasible, the park would provide businesses access to a truck rail transfer site that would open up new avenues for growth, and strengthen CN’s business model to provide additional services.
High Load Corridor Designation
PEP has made a “submitted request” to Alberta Transportation via the High Load Corridor (HLC) Committee, to designate the Trans Canada highway between Medicine Hat and Highway 36 as a high load corridor. PEP is working with stakeholders to meet the designation requirements.
Port of Wild Horse
- Business Case for Service Improvements:
The final report determined there is a case for the enhanced hours and enhanced service request. Transport carriers would divert more than 3,000 movements via Wild Horse, if it were open 13 hours/day/7 days a week and provided commercial clearance (Electronic Date Interface) services.
- 2016 NADO Innovation Award:
Wild Horse Border Project honoured for significant advances in community and economic development that help improve the quality of life for diverse communities
Regional Broadband Project
In June 2016, PEP launched a Regional Broadband Project to determine the potential benefits in pursuing Broadband enhancement and delivery on a collaborative, integrated region wide approach. The project is expected to be completed in 2017, and has also opened up a separate dark fibre opportunity (unused fiber-optic cable) that is being lead by the Cities of Brooks and Chestermere.
Calgary Regional Partnership
Palliser Economic Partnership supported Calgary Regional Partnership Transportation workshop event in Strathmore on April 28, 2016. The intent of this event was to bring together the players transportation supply chain – the shipping industry – with businesses that ship goods.
Digital Futures Symposium
PEP attended this event in March 2017, which included presentations from provincial and federal officials, and panels providing municipal, regional and industry perspectives. It was an ideal venue for those new to the Broadband subject topic to gain knowledge and learn what other communities and regions are exploring to address the broadband challenge.
Unmanned Air Systems Range (UASR)
PEP supports the Village of Foremost in a financial and consultative capacity to help bring their unique asset – an aerodrome with restricted airspace – to its full potential. The UASR makes it possible to test and evaluate unmanned aircraft systems. It is the only test range in Canada to allow Beyond Visual Line of Site testing.
Marketing & Communications
Each PEP member has a Community Profile and Investment Fact Sheet, which are promotional online tools kept current through annual reviews. This is a marketing project made possible through PEP’s collaboration in the Eastern Alberta Trade Corridor.
Global Petroleum Show
The Eastern Alberta Trade Corridor (EATC), of which PEP is a part of, was invited by the Government of Alberta to host a Booth in the June 2016 Show in Calgary, Alberta.
Selling to Government Seminar
On May 5, 2016, PEP and the Medicine Hat and District Chamber of Commerce hosted a “Selling to Government Seminar” at Medicine Hat College. Selling to all levels of government gives existing businesses a chance to expand their business without incurring a lot of expense in marketing.
Eastern Alberta Trade Corridor (EATC)
A major focus of the EATC is the branding of Eastern Alberta from the U.S. border to the Alberta Oil Sands as an international trade corridor and to leverage the economic benefit of the oil sands for Eastern Alberta communities. For more on the EATC, visit eaternalbertatradecorridor.com. Recent achievements include:
- Investment Attraction Strategy – Value Added Agriculture:
Northeast Alberta Information HUB secured funding of behalf of EATC through the Investment Canada Community Initiatives (ICCI) program to undertake a Value Added Agriculture Investment Attraction Strategy. Among other findings, the strategy identified Hemp Bio composites and Pulse Processing as the two key opportunities for the PEP region.
- Ports to Plains Conference September 13-15, 2016:
PEP Chair, Jay Slemp, presented an update on the key initiatives of the Eastern Alberta Trade Corridor to 150 conference delegates in San Angelo, Texas. EATC representatives also met with Ports to Plains staff to identify areas of interest for future collaboration.
- EATC Local to Global Forum March 1 -3, 2017:
The third Local to Global Forum was held in Camrose, Alberta with Minister Bilous and several Assistant Deputy Ministers in attendance. The event was a success with more than 85 delegates in attendance and an array of speakers covering trade, transportation and renewable energy.
The Government of Alberta continues to be very supportive of Palliser Economic Partnership and the Regional Economic Development Alliances in Alberta. An example of this partnership was having the Minister of Economic Development and Trade Deron Bilous, accept our invitation to be the keynote speaker at the 2016 Annual General Meeting of PEP.
Cooperation and collaboration makes us all stronger. This year Palliser Economic Partnership continued to build on the strength of our 22 member shareholders. We also continue to maintain and develop significant partnerships with a host of other like-minded organizations to leverage each other’s strengths so that we all get more results and value for our members.