Gateway Gazette

High River Exploring Multiple Options to Support Business

 

HIGH RIVER, AB: The Town of High River has been implementing and supporting a variety of programs and initiatives to assist current businesses, as well as attract new ones to the community. An upcoming business speaker series, being held in March, is the most recent addition to this toolbox of support for High River.

The speaking event will include Max Valiquette, an expert in youth culture, media and marketing who will speak on how to manage a multigenerational workplace. It will also feature Frank O’Dea, founder of The Second Cup, telling his rags to riches story from living on the street to becoming one of Canada’s most successful entrepreneurs.

The event will be held on March 25 at the Highwood Golf and Country Club at 5 p.m. in High River. Special early bird tickets can be purchased for a limited time at http://www.highriver.ca.

A variety of other initiatives are being supported by the Town to encourage economic growth in the community including:

• Seven kilometers of permanent dikes, which have been constructed along the Highwood River using state-of-the-art flood modeling software, to protect businesses and residents from future floods. The Town has also implemented a new emergency management plan that includes a diverse early warning system.

• The restoration of High River’s downtown with new underground infrastructure and a pedestrian-friendly design that will create an enjoyable shopping experience and attractive retail setting for businesses.

• Creating a comprehensive economic development plan and strategy.

• Collection of demographics and statistics through a Community Renewal Poll to assist the Town with renewal initiatives, municipal strategies and to provide businesses with information about their potential customers.

• Approval of two new large scale commercial shopping centres; one in the south portion of town along 12 Avenue and another in the north off of Centre Street.

• Planning for annexation of approximately 370 acres of land in the southeast area of town. This is in addition to 1,767 acres that was annexed at the north end of town in 2011.

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