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Development / Investment Tool Kit

Clearwater County and the Town of Rocky Mountain House have created a microsite to help people and business looking at doing business in our area. This online resource helps site selectors, as well as existing and potential business owners, access information about our local economy, business environment, and demographics.
 (click on the link above to open the Business Development website in a new window.)


Tourism Business Forum on March 14
David Thompson Country Regional Tourism will hold the 7th Tourism Business Forum on Thursday, March, at the Rocky Mountain House National Historic Site from 9:00 am to 3:30 pm.

Small Business Forum

Clearwater County is holding a Small Business Forum at the Leslieville Community Hall at 7:00 PM on Thursday, March 28.  If you own or operate a small business in Clearwater County, please join us and share how today‚Äôs economic environment is affecting your business.
Poster for Small Business Forum 

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 will be available for input in mid March, and the Open House will be held in early April.

Draft Economic Development Strategy

Clearwater County collected input in 2018 from the public regarding economic development in 4 ways: 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 4 Areas of Focus have been identified and are being used in the Economic Development Strategy. 

  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.


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.