(THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jeff McIntosh)

(THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jeff McIntosh)

Government wants to hear from rural communities

Associate Minister of Rural Economic Development will meet with business and community leaders across rural Alberta

The Associate Minister of Rural Economic Development will meet with business and community leaders from across rural Alberta to hear about what they need to promote economic development and prosperity in their communities.

Focusing on bringing investment back to Alberta, Nate Horner, Associate Minister of Rural Economic Development, will hold online meetings with rural businesses across various sectors, including business associations, chambers of commerce, Indigenous- and Métis-owned businesses, and industry and community leaders.

Attendees are invited to bring their ideas ideas on how to ensure Albertans from every corner of the province benefit from Alberta’s Recovery Plan.

Alberta’s government says they will continue listening to Albertans to determine what steps can be taken to foster and promote economic development in the province and that increasing investment plays a key factor in recovering economically from the COVID-19 pandemic, the global collapse of energy prices, and the worst economic downturn in almost a century.

“Supporting local businesses and attracting new investment to Alberta is key to the success of our economic recovery after the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic, the global collapse of energy prices and the worst economic downturn in almost 100 years. All Albertans, urban and rural, should benefit from Alberta’s Recovery Plan,” says Horner.

The online tour is set to begin in late October and continue until December. More information and an online survey for those who cannot attend will also be available at alberta.ca/rural-economic-development-engagement.