Growth and Economic Development Strategy
The County is looking for YOUR input! We are working with partners to develop a Growth and Economic Development Strategy, and need your help. This Strategy will help guide the County through growth and planning for a sustainable, socially responsible, and diversified economy, and we want you to have a voice. Learn how to have your say and contribute to your community, by visiting our online engagement forum.
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.
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.
If you’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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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Economic Development Team
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.
Economic Development Coordinator
About Hetti Huls
Growing up in the Grande Prairie region I have observed an abundance of growth through the years. My goal is to help improve the quality of life for my community, through business investment and attraction, business development, and tourism.
As an Economic Development Coordinator for the County of Grande Prairie, I will be working closely with the team to ensure that up to date information is available for various opportunities. I am enthusiastic about developing and promoting the County of Grande Prairie, for sustainable growth for the well-being of the region. We are looking for expansion in our residential and commercial development.
If you would like to learn more about the various opportunities for you within the “Middle of Everywhere” please contact us.
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.
Major Companies and Retailers
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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