Airdrie ranks seventh in best places to do business in Alberta
By: Matt Durnan
| Posted: Thursday, Jan 09, 2014 12:23 pm
Airdrie was named the seventh best community to do business in Alberta by Alberta Venture Magazine in the November issue.
This isn’t the first time Airdrie has been recognized as an attractive community in which to do business, according to the City’s Team Leader of Economic Development Kent Rupert.
“Back in 2009, we made the Alberta Venture list in the top 10,” said Rupert. “It’s nice to see that we’re back on the radar again and that the region as a whole is getting recognition.”
The Calgary Region (Airdrie, Okotoks, Rocky View County and Chestermere) was named the No. 1 area in all of Canada to do business by the Canadian Federation of Independent Business.
“This region is a driver in the Canadian economy, there is a lot of trust in Western Canada and we have a lot of businesses from out east moving here,” said Rupert. “It ties in with the western entrepreneurial spirit.”
Alberta Venture ranking system is based on criteria such as population growth, mill rate (tax rate), median age and cost of serviced industrial land.
“It has a lot to do with the type of people that we have here,” he said. “We have a lot of young and bright entrepreneurs and people who want to expand their businesses; most economic development comes from within.”
Airdrie Mayor Peter Brown commended the work of the Economic Development department staff for their dedication to growing Airdrie’s business community.
“I’m very proud of the work that they’ve done to promote business in this city over the past 10 years,” said Brown. “They’ve been running seminars and webinars for our local businesses and have started travelling around the country to encourage businesses to come to Airdrie.”