Initiatives

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.

Recent and future planned initiatives include:

Transportation and Logistics

Freight Transportation System of Southeast Alberta

Assessment of Freight Transportation System of Southeast Alberta was completed in 2014 to improve freight/ transportation movement of goods into and out of the Medicine Hat, Redcliff and Cypress County region.

Multi Modal Logistics Park

A study to assess the value and impact of a multi-modal logistics park for the Medicine Hat area has been commissioned to be completed in 2015.

Southern – Eastern Alberta Transportation Initiative

Several regional organizations, including PEP, are working with the Alberta Ministry of transportation to offer direct input into their new transportation strategy.

Wild Horse Border Committee

The Wild Horse Border Committee approached PEP to help fund a Port of Wild Horse business case that would enhance truck movement of goods into and out of the region. PEP is also investigating the Port of Aden/Whitlash for road infrastructure improvements in the County of Forty Mile.

Supply Chain Development

PEP is facilitating the formation of manufacturing business networks to encourage profitability through collaboration. Examples of this included PEP participating at the Canadian Energy Supply Chain Forum in Calgary (October 2014) and hosting a procurement seminar in Medicine Hat (June 2014).

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:

  • Awarded by the Economic Developers Association for EATC’s work in marketing the region’s investment opportunities.
  • Development of strategic and operational plans that included the approval of a five (5) Phase Project that focuses on Strategic Positioning, Investment Attraction, Marketing, Corridor Mapping and Data Integration.
  • Development of Marketing materials including EATC sector and company profiles, and new PEP website.
  • Became a member of the Ports to Plains Alliance, extending benefits to Palliser Economic Partnership (PEP), Battle River Alliance for Economic Development (BRAED) and the Northeast Information HUB (Alberta HUB).
  • GOLD sponsors of the 17th Annual Ports to Plains Conference held October 7-9, 2014 in Del Rio, Texas/Acuna, Mexico.
  • Brought together government officials and EATC partners at a Local to Global event to gain insights into rural economic development, transportation and logistics.

Palliser Futures Regional Project

The Board of Directors approved to support a Legacy Facilities Project as part of the Palliser Futures initiative in the Special Areas and MD of Acadia No.34. The project led by SAMDA Economic Partnership was aimed at finding ways to improved utilization of these legacy buildings and to assist municipalities to explore future uses of these facilities. To date, Palliser Futures Regional Project initiative had completed six projects throughout the region.