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2024 ACC AGM and Policy Conference Recap

This past weekend the Southeast Alberta Chamber was in Red Deer for the 86th Alberta Chambers of Commerce (ACC) 2024 AGM and Policy Conference! It was an incredible couple of days as we celebrated the Red Deer & District Chamber of Commerce’s 130th year alongside attending the Policy Conference where we debated and adopted 22 policy resolutions for the Alberta Chambers of Commerce to carry forward in their recommendations for Government. Policy recommendations put forward address issues ranging from electricity supply solutions to bolstering emerging industries and the environment. We also had the opportunity to attend education sessions including Funding Strategies for Non profits, insight and impacts of community housing and crime, tapping into Alberta Talent Pool and Supply Chain as well as a leadership panel by various Past Chairs of the Alberta Chambers of Commerce. We enjoyed a tour of the Fortis Alberta Training facility and were entertained through a fun night in Red Deer's downtown.

One of the main reasons for attending was to announce that the Southeast Alberta Chamber of Commerce will be hosting next year’s ACC AGM in celebration of our own 125th year anniversary! We were able to pitch our 2025 Conference and encourage people to come to Southeast Alberta and take a bit of an extended vacation to explore the Sunny Southeast and Experience the Energy that we have to offer. We provide delegates some information from both Tourism Medicine Hat and the Medicine Hat Accommodation Association to promote our region. We came away with many ideas to incorporate into next year's event and to help promote sponsorship and engagement from our local community! If you have questions or want to be involved in the conference in May 2025, contact us at .

All in all it was a very eventful couple of days and we're existed for Next Year's event and hosting around 150 delegates in our Region!

Read the Alberta Chambers of Commerce Press Release here:

Albertans without a high school diploma can soon register for new adult education credential.

Alberta’s government was selected to lead the development of the replacement for the General Educational Development (GED) credential to help meet the demand for a skilled and educated workforce. Through the new Canadian Adult Education Credential (CAEC), adult learners across the province without a high school equivalency diploma will be able to pursue a made-in Alberta education credential. This credential will open doors to more career and educational opportunities. View this announcement online

Advocacy in Action

Alberta Chambers of Commerce Priorities Set at 2024 AGM & Policy Plenary

Delegates from local chambers across Alberta adopted 22 policy resolutions to advocate with the provincial and federal governments during the Alberta Chambers of Commerce (ACC) annual general meeting in Red Deer on May 25, 2024… The annual Policy Plenary session is a highlight of the ACC AGM. Policy recommendations put forward address issues ranging from electricity supply solutions, to bolstering emerging industries and the environment. ACC President and CEO Shauna Feth says the priorities of business leaders are reflected in the policy recommendations put forward by community chambers.
Read the Alberta Chambers of Commerce Press Release here:

Sustainable Agriculture Partnership: Various Intakes Open

Sustainable CAP marks an ambitious path forward and positions Canada's agriculture and agri-food sector for continued success as a world leader in economically, environmentally and socially sustainable agriculture. This federal-provincial partnership delivers grant programs that generate sustainable economic growth in the agricultural and agri-food sector.

Next Level Events

Battle of the Businesses: Do you DARE challenge us?

THE GOAL OF BATTLE OF THE BUSINESSES is 1) To Bring Out the Best in Work Teams with this 1/2-day Business Team competition. It provides fun, exciting, and meaningful team-building activities designed to help work teams become stronger, more connected, and more effective together and 2) It’s a fundraiser! 100% of the pledge proceeds raised will go directly to support HALO Air Ambulance to continue to provide essential services to save lives.

The Chamber of Commerce is going back again this year to defend our 2023 title, and we hope to see you there ready to challenge us! Call Darlene today to enter your team at (403) 594-0172 or register at Welcome to Just Be TC - High Performance Coaching & Training

Grand Openings Galore!

These next couple of weeks are PACKED with grand openings! Join us in supporting these local businesses and their milestones. Check out the upcoming openings here.

Celebrate businesses like Roofmart Exterior Building Supply, Re-Bark by True North, Y-Treasure Thrift Store, and MH Family Services with their openings and re-openings!

Downtown Block Parties This Summer

This summer, discover the heart of our community at Towne Square's Block Party on Saturdays from noon to 4 p.m. 
It's where neighbours become friends, and the community comes alive. This is your Towne Square, join us to celebrate the unique energy of our town. Guests can expect a changing lineup of free activities and games for all ages, loosely centered around a new theme each week.

Check out more info here:

Enriching Your Business

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There's a reason Chambers Plan is Canada's #1 plan.

Contact JoAnne Letkeman,
Exclusive Chamber Group Advisor,
403-504-2166 ext 1.

Look at what else your Chambers Plan includes here!

Fueling the Business Community


Check out all the amazing businesses we have in Southern Alberta in our Business Directory here!!

We are extremely happy to have such amazing members, and are very glad that we can serve a part in that journey! Keep your eye out for new member moving forward!

Fill Up On Funding

Canada-Alberta Job Grant

Helps to cover training expenses for existing employees and new hires. If you are hiring and training an unemployed Albertan, up to 100% of training costs could be covered, up to $15,000 per trainee. Canada-Alberta Job Grant

Supporting Indigenous-Led Reconciliation Efforts

Alberta’s government is investing nearly $4 million into Indigenous-led projects that help communities celebrate their cultures or research new business opportunities. Find out more.

Brooks-Newell Region News

AUC withdraws PACE’s Brooks Solar Project Application

With no activity for five months the Alberta Utilities Commission (AUC) has withdrawn Pace’s application to construct a solar farm in northwest Brooks but a Pace representative is not concerned.
Pace had registered the project last November. In December the AUC put the application into abeyance after the company indicated that the application and supporting documents would be filed in early January. Claude Mindorff, director of development at Pace, said the withdrawn application is just procedural. Mindorff expects to reapply to the AUC in about two weeks.
In addition to the Brooks project, the company has proposed a solar project in Bassano and tonight the company is hosting its first information session.

Brooks-Newell Regional Southeast Alberta Home & Leisure Show

Each year, the Chamber invests time and resources into creating quality trade shows for our communities, and we are proud to host our inaugural trade show in Brooks. With thousands of consumers visiting the shows over the course of three days these trade shows give an incredible opportunity to gain exposure for your business, demonstrate and sell products, and showcase your services. As an added bonus, Chamber members receive 10% off the price of trade show booths! Bringing businesses together under the JBS Canada Centre roof provides a fantastic experience for everyone.  Take a look at more details regarding becoming an exhibitor here!

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