Economic Impact and Gap Study of the Grande Prairie Regional Hospital
The NADC provided support to the Grande Prairie & District Chamber of Commerce to conduct an Economic Impact and Gap Study of the Grande Prairie Regional Hospital. The regional hospital and cancer centre, located in the City of Grande Prairie, is expected to open in 2019, and will provide healthcare services to patients from across the province’s northwest. Its presence is also expected to create economic opportunities across the region with significant annual economic impacts to labour income, output, and tax revenues. Potential gaps in labour, accommodation, education and training, retail and food services, and non-emergency transportation were identified as well to inform discussions on how these could be addressed. The study is a proactive tool that provides local governments, businesses, and organizations with information and insights to be ready for the opening of the new regional hospital.
An Economic Description of the Region
The report “NADC Area Profile: An Economic Description of the Region” is now available online. It describes and provide statistical information on the demographic, economic composition and structure of the NADC region and its key economic sectors and how these contribute to the provincial economy. The profile also includes brief descriptions of development policies and economic factors that could impact the regional economy.
Profiling a local economy is one of the key economic analysis tools for economic development planning. An area profile provides a fundamental description of a region’s economy which can be used as a starting point for other regional economic analyses. Statistical updates on topics covered in the report will be available as data sources are released and obtained in the future.
Broadband Preparedness Project Video
Here at the NADC, the Council and staff strategically engage with northern industry, communities and residents to assist in the creation of actionable strategies and recommendations for capitalizing on the North’s vast potential. Among the many projects and priorities in focus, the NADC is currently partnering with the Regional Development Branch of the Ministry of Economic Development and Trade and the 5 northern Regional Economic Development Alliances to identify the current state of broadband within the NADC region. Access to broadband is critical to the development of any community. Internet access is no longer a luxury, but has become a necessity for business, education and personal use. The current broadband standard here in northern Albert is directly impacting the potential for northern development, not to mention affecting northern residents, governments and businesses. The Northern Alberta Broadband Preparedness Project will develop an inventory of the regional broadband system, including existing and planned broadband civil infrastructure, service footprints and service levels. Check out this video to learn more!
The project will be completed in March 2017, and will provide an assessment for the NADC region as a whole, as well as sub-region assessments for each northern Alberta REDA.
In the spring of 2017, each northern Alberta REDA will host a seminar to present the final product in their region.
Putting opportunity on the map
The Northern Alberta Development Council advances the promise of Alberta's North. NADC’s mandate is to help the region’s 150 communities and 350,000 people realize their rich potential and strengthen their diverse economies. The Council is made up of a dedicated group of provincial and local leaders and staff tasked with producing quality regional development information, supporting education and skills enhancement programs and building strategic partnerships.
Council Member Posting
Interested in being a part of our dynamic Council? The Government of Alberta is looking for northern residents from the Whitecourt-Ste. Anne & Grande Prairie-Smoky/Wapiti Constituencies to further the growth and development of Alberta’s north through contribution as member of the NADC. The NADC strives to promote a stronger Alberta through a stronger north and if that interests you - check out the posting at NADC Council member posting.