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Draft of the Economic Development Strategy

Clearwater County has completed a Draft Economic Development Strategy based on input from residents, business, and an investment readiness assessment.  This document is available for public review, with a survey and open house being used to obtain additional input and feedback. The survey can be completed at this link, and the Open House will be held in early June.

Draft Economic Development Strategy - PDF File

In 2018, input was collected from an open house for business owners and managers, an online survey for business owners and managers, an online survey for County residents, and discussions with local realtors and a property appraiser. From those input sessions Four (4) Areas of Focus have been identified and make up the Draft Economic Development Strategy 2019-2021. 

  1. Foster a Culture of Growth
  2. Prepare for Business Growth
  3. Prepare for People Growth
  4. Promote Opportunities

The summaries of each community input session are linked below.


Economic Development / Investment Tool Kit

Clearwater County and the Town of Rocky Mountain House have created a micro-site to help businesses easily find local data about the region. This online resource can help site selectors as well as existing and potential business owners access a wide variety of information.
  • Review the Business Climate
  • Discover Industry Trends
  • Research Customer Demographics
  • Analysis your Competition
  • Uncover Local Opportunities
  • Identify Land Uses
  • Examine the Environment
  • Evaluate the Workforce
  • Identify Community Facilities
  • Identify Transportation
  • Locate Key Infrastructure
  • Search Available Properties
  • Find Additional Resources

Business Development Tool Kit

 (click on the link above to open in a new window)


Central Alberta Economic Partnership (CAEP)

Clearwater County is a member of the Central Alberta Economic Partnership (CAEP). CAEP is a regional economic development alliance of 42 members and 14 associate members that serves as a model for collaborative community economic development.
CAEP is recognized as both an innovative way to facilitate rural economic development and serves as a vital partner in the continued diversification of central Alberta's economy. For more information on the Central Alberta Economic Partnership click here.


Rural Alberta Business Centre (RABC)

The Rural Alberta Business centre provides free information and advice on all aspects of doing business in Alberta. Click here for more information.