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Camrose covets college

As the only city left among the four communities vying to be the site of the $100-million police college, Camrose has a large base of support from the community.
“This has been a partnership from the start between the city and also the County of Camrose,” Camrose Mayor Clarence Mastel said. The city has close to 16,000 residents while the county has an additional 7,500.
“There’s been strong support from the outset from the University of Alberta campus we have here and also of course from the county,” Mastel said. “There’s been verbal and written support coming in from the business community and the private citizens here have been behind us and gotten involved from the start.”
The collaboration between the city and county and strong support from community groups are just a couple of the bid’s many strong points, according to Mastel.
“We have access to the land and the infrastructure to support the land, which is close to the city,” he said.
Camrose’s chosen site, which will be annexed to the city, adjoins the southeast corner of Camrose, next to the Big Valley Jamboree site.
“The property will allow for growth and expansion for both the city and for the college itself,” he said.
The city, located about 110 kilometres southeast of Edmonton, is just 45 minutes from the international airport and also has its own municipal airport.
Known as “The Rose City” for its scenic setting, Camrose possesses a full range of amenities and services that are always expanding.
A Home Hardware is currently under construction, which will complement an existing Wal-Mart, Canadian Tire, Zellers and Staples, among other stores.
Construction is also currently under way on the Camrose Lodge, Convention Centre and Casino, a Ramada Inn and a $20-million sport development centre, which will house an arena, fitness centre and office facilities and will be adjoining the aquatic centre, curling rink and an existing arena.
“We’re happy and pleased with the bid we put forth,” Mastel said, admitting he doesn’t know the rating system that will be used by the selection committee.
“I have no idea what the other communities did, but it would be interesting to know how they got to the final also,” he said.
Mastel was reluctant to say that Camrose should be the final choice.
“I’ll leave that decision up to the due diligence of the process established by the solicitor general’s office,” he said.

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Index of Police College Stories - Listed by release date in Gazette

Apr 24 - Fort Macleod town council is planning for the future

Jan 10 - Province gives Fort Macleod $10.26-million for police college costs

Sep 11 - Wildrose Party will fight for Fort Macleod

Sep 04 - Fort Macleod residents devastated by decision to scrap police college

Sep 04 - Fort Macleod asks premier to reverse college decision

Sep 03 - Fort Macleod calls on premier to reverse police college decision

Aug 29 - Residents of Fort Macleod punished for voting Wildrose

Aug 29 - Wildrose says Fort Macleod victim of Tory fiscal incompetence

Aug 29 - Government cancels funding for police training college

Aug 28 - Council awards police college permit

Aug 01 - Police training facility will be unique in Canada

Nov 01 - Province approves grant for police college infrastructure

Oct 19 - Target schedule is set to build police college

Sep 27 - Stakeholders convene to discuss police college

Aug 24 - Police college sod-turning

Aug 16 - Police college sod-turning Mon. Aug. 22

Jul 26 - Fort Macleod puts more cash toward college

May 17 - Province moving ahead with police college plans

May 03 - Council okays transfer of police college land

Apr 05 - Police college site work could start in summer

Dec 01 - Macleod finds way to build police college

Dec 01 - Macleod pitches co-op to build police college

Nov 30 - Macleod feels positive about police college

Aug 25 - Police college partner possible

Aug 18 - Council works on own plan for police college

Jul 07 - Calgary project no threat to police college

Jun 09 - Mayor pushes solicitor general for collect action

Mar 31 - Macleod’s neighbours support police college

Mar 31 - Mayor says government just has to make college a priority

Dec 30 - MD council writes to support police college

Dec 02 - Southern Alberta backs police college

Nov 25 - Regional group lobbies for police college

Sep 23 - Police college has not been shelved — yet

Jul 29 - Mayor: ‘Police college project not cancelled’

May 06 - Infrastructure minister says college a priority

Apr 22 - Facebook page supports police college

Apr 01 - Council lobbies for progress on police college

Feb 18 - Solicitor General urges police college patience

Nov 04 - Police college discussed during Question Period

Nov 04 - Macleod mayor confident police college is coming

Oct 21 - Fort Macleod ‘anxious’ for police college start

Apr 16 - Province gets nine police college proposals

Mar 12 - Macleod can do business with police college

Sep 05 - Province reviews police college P3 proposals

Jun 26 - Police college Web site created

Jun 06 - Police college project is on track

May 30 - Police college officials visit Fort Macleod

May 23 - Police college headlines open house

Mar 28 - Solicitor General: ‘Police college is coming to Macleod’

Jan 31 - Mayor strikes police college committee

Nov 22 - Steering committee meets to discuss police college

Sep 13 - Opportunity knocking for Fort Macleod

Sep 13 - Macleod prepares to guide growth

Sep 13 - Police college is Fort Macleod’s destiny

Sep 13 - Mayor weathers police college criticism

Sep 13 - Fort Macleod celebrates successful college bid

Sep 06 - Fort Macleod lands Alberta police college

Sep 06 - P3 partners sought for police college

Sep 06 - Police training centre will be world-class

Dec 21 - Council designates land for police college

Dec 21 - Macleod’s police college bid in province’s hands

Nov 23 - Task force builds police college bid

Nov 02 - Council still pursuing college