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Alberta SouthWest gets two provincial honours

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Alberta SouthWest Regional Alliance received the Alex Metcalf Award for excellence in economic development relating to the attraction, expansion or retention of business in Alberta. From left: Justin Riemer, assistant deputy minister of Economic Competitiveness, Alberta Enterprise and Advanced Education, Bev Thornton, Shawn Patience and Kent McMullin, president of Economic Developers Alberta.

The executive director of Alberta SouthWest Regional Alliance was honoured last week for significant contributor to economic development in Alberta.
Bev Thornton received the 2013 Economic Developer of the Year Award at the annual conference of Economic Developers Alberta.
Thornton was instrumental in the formation of the regional alliance of 15 communities which has demonstrated award-winning successes since its formation in 2003.
Alberta SouthWest also received a 2013 Alex Metcalf Award for its regional business licence program.
This program, successfully operating since 2003, enables businesses in the Alberta SouthWest partner communities to purchase an annual regional license authorizing them to operate in the other participating communities.
The region experiences, in a concrete way, the broader benefits of working together.
Alex Metcalf was the first president of Economic Developers Alberta and this award acknowledges individuals or agencies for excellence in economic development relating to the attraction, expansion or retention of business in Alberta.
In 2012 Alberta SouthWest also received three Economic Developers Alberta marketing awards, representing outstanding marketing initiatives that support economic development
As well, the region received five national Marketing Canada Awards from Economic Development Association of Canada, including one for outstanding overall achievement.
Alberta SouthWest Regional Alliance is a group of 15 communities working together for regional economic development.

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Alberta SouthWest executive director Bev Thornton was named Economic Developer of the Year. From left: Kim Brenneis, manager of stakeholder relations with Talisman Energy, Bev Thornton, and Kent McMullin, president of Economic Developers Alberta.

The Board is made up of an elected official from each member community.
Collaborative initiatives focus on creating the right environment in which balanced growth can occur, increasing prosperity for all members.
“What defines Alberta SouthWest is our excitement about the potential of our rural communities and the pride we take in living here,” Thornton said in a news release. “We want to see each other succeed, not only because we support each other but also because when one community thrives, there is the potential for every community to benefit.”
“This is what drives us and this is the key to our success as a regional economic development alliance.
The board representatives are as follows:

  • Shawn Patience, Town of Fort Macleod and Alberta SouthWest chairman.
  • Dr. Barney Reeves, ID of Waterton Lakes and Alberta SouthWest vice-chairman.
  • David Moore, Town of Claresholm and Alberta SouthWest secretary-treasurer.
  • Shane Hansen, Cardston County.
  • Dr. Bjorn Berg, MD of Pincher Creek.
  • Dr. Bruce Decoux, Crowsnest Pass.
  • Walter Gripping, Town of Granum.
  • Ernie Olson, Town of Pincher Creek.
  • Dennis Gillespie, Town of Stavely.
  • Mary Kittlaus, Village of Cowley.
  • Ben Goetz, Village of Glenwood.
  • Robert Campbell, Village of Hill Spring.
  • Phil Wakelin, MD of Willow Creek.
  • Ron Davis, MD of Ranchland.

Alberta SouthWest executive director Bev Thornton was named Economic Developer of the Year. From left: Kim Brenneis, manager of stakeholder relations with Talisman Energy, Bev Thornton, and Kent McMullin, president of Economic Developers Alberta.

Alberta SouthWest Regional Alliance received the Alex Metcalf Award for excellence in economic development relating to the attraction, expansion or retention of business in Alberta. From left: Justin Riemer, assistant deputy minister of Economic Competitiveness, Alberta Enterprise and Advanced Education, Bev Thornton, Shawn Patience and Kent McMullin, president of Economic Developers Alberta.

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