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City of Airdrie employee earns scholarship to further her career

By: Dawn Smith

  |  Posted: Wednesday, Oct 10, 2012 05:18 pm

Leona Esau, an economic development officer with the City of Airdrie, recently earned a scholarship. She will use the money to further her studies in her chosen field.
Leona Esau, an economic development officer with the City of Airdrie, recently earned a scholarship. She will use the money to further her studies in her chosen field.
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A City employee recently received a 2012 Economic Developers Alberta Scholarship.

Leona Esau, an economic development officer who has worked for the City for five years, is one of 15 Alberta municipal government employees to receive the scholarship.

The money will be used to further her career. Esau is working towards her Economic Developers certification and recently completed a slate of courses at the University of Waterloo.

“I am very excited,” said Esau. “I love learning, it is always great learning about the new best practices. The field of economic development changes very rapidly and there are a lot of innovative things being done in Canada and the world.”

According to Esau, the course attracted economic developers from across the nation. She said she enjoyed the opportunities to share ideas and collaborate with other students.

“You get to share what you are doing,” said Esau.

In addition to the certification process, Esau said economic developers have opportunities to learn at the provincial level.

According to Esau, as a member of Airdrie’s economic development department, she works with the business community to help support and grow Airdrie’s businesses, attract new business and market the city as a great place to do business.

“We also liaise with all of our internal departments and are the key liaison with the business community and work with other business organizations to deliver training and education opportunities,” said Esau.

She said providing statistics and research for businesses making decisions about where to locate is also a big part of what she does.

According to Esau, Airdrie is a good place to do business thanks to its location along Highway 2.

“We are so fortunate to be living in Western Canada... we have a really good business climate,” she said.

“There are a lot of opportunities. Highway 2 between Edmonton and Calgary is one of the fastest growing and most prosperous corridors...”


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