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SEEDS partnership expanding

October 2, 2017

Energy has long been one of Alberta’s principal and fundamental industries. Over the span of a few short months we have seen a change to the landscape of renewable energy in Southeast Alberta (SE AB). The conversation around the need to diversify how energy is produced and harnessed has increased.

With over 40% of all renewable energy projects being considered within our region, there is a realization that our area will be the opportunity corner to attract commerce, grow the local job market and support existing and diversifying business with our region.

“With an emerging industry bringing new opportunities for our communities and businesses, the time is now to ensure we are ready for what is ahead. The SEEDS partnership is working together to lay the groundwork and position our region for success in the renewable energy industry,” says Sandra Moore, SEEDS project consultant.

From what started as a group of three regional community stakeholders, SEEDS has now expanded to a collaborative initiative and unified voice to market and promote the potential in SE AB. The SEEDS partners include Community Futures Entre Corp, Alberta Labour, Medicine Hat College, Economic Development Alliance (EDA) of Southeast Alberta, City of Medicine Hat, County of Newell and the City of Brooks.

SEEDS is currently developing three reports that will explore the impacts of industry, workforce and supply chain innovation as it pertains to the renewable energy sector in SE AB.

This strategy is to include:

  • Engaging with renewable energy stakeholders
  • Developing a regional industry strategy and workforce plan
  • Exploring the potential supply chain impacts of the renewable energy industry, including opportunities for existing businesses
  • Developing occupational profiles for the emerging renewable energy industry

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