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Welcome to the County

The County of Grande Prairie is ripe for continued economic development. Strategically located in Alberta’s vibrant Peace Region, the County serves the industrial, commercial and residential needs of Northwestern Alberta. The region’s strong economic generators contribute significantly to Alberta’s vibrant ‘open-for-business’ economy and success in the global marketplace.

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As part of the larger Grande Prairie region, the County benefits from young, affluent demographics, regional strengths and policies such as no provincial sales tax and low municipal tax, and high levels of service. When combined with world class infrastructure, good work force availability, and opportunities for continued growth, the County of Grande Prairie No. 1 provides the ideal setting for additional development.

Room to Grow

The County of Grande Prairie is located in a resource-rich part of Alberta and Canada and serves four key industry sectors: Agriculture, Energy, Forestry, and Commerce.

A large selection of industrial/business parks, as well as large sites for heavy industrial areas, are available in various sizes and levels of service, from completely serviced to non serviced, and many include rail and major highway access.

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If youa re interested in learning more or arranging a site vist, the County of Grande Prairie’s Economic Development Office would be pleased to provide further information regarding business development opportunities in one of the fastest growing and vibrant economic regions in Canada.

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Energy

As a central hub of Alberta and Northern B.C.’s traditional oil and gas industry, the County of Grande Prairie is set up to meet the needs of heavy industry and large-scale projects, including modern divided highways, rail access, flexible zoning bylaws, and robust telecom services, even out in the field.

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Forestry

The Peace Region is one of the top two Alberta regions for the production of forest products, first for employment in the forestry sector, and is the leading producer of pulp, paper and panelboard. Two major Forestry Management Agreements cover nearly two million hectares of land, with over 1.3 million hectares of harvesting land.

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Agriculture

The Peace Region is home to the northernmost agricultural industry in the world, and boasts a unique combination of northern climate, fertile soil, and a watershed fed by glacial runoff. Thanks in part to long summer days, the Peace Region has a reputation for high-quality agricultural products in markets around the world.

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Commerce

The County is the central commercial hub for the Peace Region, itself home to over 260,000 residents who spent $2.8 billion in 2013. The total trade area in the Peace Region is on track to reach nearly 285,000 in the next 10 years. The region’s average household income is $102,000, a figure higher than both the national and provincial averages.

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Strengths

Resource riches, an unmatched entrepreneurial spirit, innovative research, major industry-leading employers and a rapidly growing population help drive Grande Prairie’s thriving economic growth.

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Leadership

Annually, the region hosts some of the world’s brightest business and innovation leaders who join prominent local experts to speak and share knowledge at the annual Growing the North conference held in the County of Grande Prairie.

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Innovation

New ideas are nourished and protected at Grande Prairie Regional College’s Centre for Research and Innovation, which offers a slew of services to support R&D in the region, including accessible patent help and technology commercialization services for entrepreneurs and businesses.

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Entrepreneurial Capital

In 2012, the Canadian Federation of Independent Business ranked Grande Prairie as the number one entrepreneurial city in Canada for the third straight year. It beat out 103 cities across the nation and was awarded top scores in the criteria of business outlook and business owners per capita.

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Small Business Hotbed

In 2011, Grande Prairie was named the best community for small business in the province by Alberta Venture Magazine, citing the relatively low cost of retail space ($16 per sq. ft.) as well as an entrepreneurial spirit that equates to a surprising 12.81 per cent of the city’s employed residents working as their own boss.

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Thriving Chamber

The Grande Prairie & District Chamber of Commerce is the second largest chamber of commerce in Alberta, despite Grande Prairie being only the seventh largest city. With nearly 1200 members, the Chamber hosts dozens of networking events each year and works hand in hand with various levels of government to keep business thriving in the region.

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Major Employers

Based on employment figures, the region’s largest industries are forestry, oil and gas, retail trade, and construction, each accounting for between 12% and 13% of total employment. The fastest-growing industry between 2006 and 2010 was the construction sector. The region is the province’s largest producer of natural gas and conventional crude oil.

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    Christopher King, Ec.D.

    Economic Development Officer

    About Christopher King, Ec.D.

    A dedicated Economic Development Professional, I am passionate about Community Economic Development. My objective is to use the strengths derived from my diverse background to help improve quality of life for my community through the work I do with businesses from new investment, expansion and growth.

    As Economic Development officer for the County of Grande Prairie, I can be your first point of contact for exploring opportunity in the region.  I am dedicated to promoting development and the growth of businesses within the County of Grande Prairie, focusing on Investment Attraction, Business Retention and Expansion, and Tourism. Currently the County is looking to expand our residential development into medium and high density developments as well as commercial development. We are looking for projects that combine both high density condos and commercial development. There is the possibility of a new mall development as well. If you’d like to learn more, please get in touch.

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The County of Grande Prairie Retail Market Analysis Summary

The County of Grande Prairie commissioned Cushing Terrell Architecture Inc. December 2014 to conduct a Retail Market Analysis for the County’s retail sector. Download the PDF for more details about the commercial opportunities in the County of Grande Prairie.

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Major Companies and Retailers

Dozens of national and international brands and companies operate in the region, making the Grande Prairie area a major hub of shopping and industrial services for northern Alberta and B.C.
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Questions? Want to learn more?

Contact us using the form below to arrange a customized information package about our exciting and vibrant region. Or, call the County of Grande Prairie’s Economic Development Officer Chris King directly at 780-532-9722

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County of Grande Prairie

10001 - 84 Avenue
Clairmont, AB
T0H 0W0

Economic Development

Phone: 780-532-9722
Fax: 780-539-9880
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Office Hours

Monday to Friday
8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m. CLOSED