Edmonton Economic Development reveals 2015 vision

EEDC President joined by Premier Prentice for discussion around Alberta’s future

Edmonton — At Edmonton Economic Development’s sold out Impact Luncheon today, president and CEO Brad Ferguson spoke about the economic agency’s initiatives in 2014 and how they will serve Edmonton well as the economic cycle begins to shift.

Edmonton Economic Development Corp. maintains focus on its objective to ensure that the Edmonton Region outperforms every major economic jurisdiction in North America consistently over the next 20 years. Ferguson urged businesses to prepare for multiple economic futures by taking the time now to plan and to think through various scenarios.

“The Greater Edmonton Region will continue to outperform, as we have significant momentum in industries other than energy,” says Ferguson. “However, as business and community leaders in an ever-changing economic environment, we need to be thinking further into the future, preparing for any and all economic scenarios, and investment much more on our competitiveness.”

Premier Jim Prentice joined Ferguson on stage for an informal discussion about Alberta’s economic environment, the opportunities on the horizon and the challenges ahead for business and the community. Mayor Don Iveson brought greetings on behalf of the City of Edmonton, emphasizing the strength and resilience of the Edmonton people and economy.

The Impact Luncheon marked the debut of EEDC’s two new tools for business: the Build It Here video, which can be customized and used by companies to fulfill business and investment attraction and employee recruitment objectives, available at Edmonton.com; and a guide for business leaders who are navigating their economic future in the Edmonton Region, available at eedc.ca/thinking/scenario-planning/.

Follow the event on Twitter with the hashtag #Impact2015 and find live streaming video of the event at www.edmontonjournal.com. Follow @EEDC on Twitter and like us on Facebook. Learn more about Edmonton Economic Development at www.eedc.ca.

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