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Town developing new plan for economic development

Planning a new economic development strategy for Fort Macleod continues this week.
Town officials were to meet Tuesday to continue a discussion that began in October.
“Once we have a draft plan put together we’ll go to public consultation,” Town of Fort Macleod economic development officer Martin Ebel said.
Ebel provided Chamber members with an update on the strategic plan Thursday during a meeting at the Rural Alberta Business Centre.
Town council, staff and the economic development commission met Oct. 25 for a facilitated session about the new strategic plan.
Ebel told Chamber members that group was to meet again Tuesday.
“We’re just trying to keep it with that working group for the time being,” Ebel said.
Ebel and Srecko Ponjavic, who is Chamber president and small business advisor at the Rural Alberta Business Centre, have also been going to businesses to solicit input into the plan.
“It has been about six years since the last one was done so it’s high time a new one was done,” Ebel said. “With the cancellation of the police training centre it was even more important.”
Much of the town’s planning was based on the $122-million Alberta Public Security and Law Enforcement Training Centre being built in Fort Macleod.
The police college would have created 75 to 100 jobs and brought 1,350 police and peace officer recruits to Fort Macleod every year.
The Redford government unexpectedly cancelled the project in August, after the construction contract was awarded and the design complete.
Site preparation work had already begun when the government killed the project.
Ebel said the draft strategic economic development plan will be presented to the public early in 2013.

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