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Police college creates interest in Macleod

Premier Ed Stelmach announced Feb. 17 the province in 2012 will start building the police college in Fort Macleod.
The Town of Fort Macleod economic development officer’s phone started ringing soon after.
“We’re starting to get call already,” development officer Martin Ebel said.
The calls are from businesses interested in bidding for contracts during the construction of the police college.
Other entrepreneurs are calling about business opportunities such as hotels.
“That’s good news,” Ebel said. “Businesses are responding.” McTighe said Thursday. “Then we’ll be happier.”
Stelmach told the audience at the Fort Macleod and District Community Hall the police college would be part of both the Throne Speech and the 2011 provincial budget.
The following week both those things happened, with $20-million budgeted in 2011-’12, $50-million the following year and $47-million in the third year.
Ebel told Chamber members when the phone started ringing with business owners wanting to bid on contracts he began compiling a folder of interested companies.
“I would love to see everybody who has something to contribute get involved,” Ebel said.
Ebel will forward the list of interested businesses to the officer of Solicitor General Frank Oberle.
“Hopefully the solicitor general will factor that in,” Ebel said.
Ebel also told Chamber members he had met the previous day with someone interested in building a new hotel in Fort Macleod.
Ebel said the Town of Fort Macleod is preparing to respond to the opportunities created by the renewed promise of the police college, which was first announced in 2006.
“One of the things the town has to do is push the services out there,” Ebel said.
Sewer, water and electrical services are needed for the new highway commercial property in the southeast corner of Fort Macleod as well as the police college.
Development of those commercial lots along Phase 1 of the Highway 3 realignment is essential.
“The Town of Fort Macleod has no commercial lots available,” said Ebel, noting there are privately-owned lots available for development.
The police college announcement has created renewed interest in investment in Fort Macleod.
“There are people, I think, ready to put shovels in the ground,” Ebel 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