Alberta Aerospace and Technology Centre (AATC) Drives Productivity

The Alberta Aerospace and Technology Centre (AATC), opened in June 2015, is the result of a partnership formed between Edmonton International Airport (EIA), Canadian North, Canadian Helicopters, EEDC, and the Government of Alberta, located at the Edmonton International Airport.

The original goal of this project was to enhance domestic and international awareness of Edmonton International Airport (EIA) as an aviation training centre and to bolster Alberta’s reputation for aeronautical innovation and opportunity, but it has grown potential for expanded operations with additional or new technology improvements, more simulators and investment.

This aviation consortium is a direct effort to diversify our economy by creating a new knowledge-based cluster of economic activity in the Edmonton Metro Region that will attract new revenue, new business and new highly qualified people to Alberta.

Two years into this three-year project, productivity in Alberta’s aerospace has increased by reducing training costs and introducing new technology solutions to local companies. Now that two simulators (737-300 Classic and an AS350 Level 7) are installed and operational, available capacity has been made available to other air service providers.

To learn more about the AATC, visit EIA’s website here.

EEDC Receives $3 Million to Attract Diverse Businesses to Edmonton

On November 10, 2016, EEDC received $3-million in federal and provincial funding to pursue investment attraction for the Edmonton region. The EEDC Trade and Investment team works with businesses in the Edmonton region to take risks at two key points in their evolution: as they seek investors and markets here and around the world, and as they prepare to make the jump from local scope to global scope. The investment attraction funding will help us connect companies and investors that may not have considered our region before and into markets that haven’t been able to penetrate as deeply before.

This investment program by EEDC’s government partners allows for a new focus on sector and geo-markets to bring investment to the Edmonton region, and the EEDC team is working to promote our region to the world.

We know that investment in our region works. For example, Siwin Foods came to Edmonton, started in the Leduc Incubator and has since moved into a facility where they are now producing food for Costco’s across Canada, and helping facilitate Edmonton based products to the Chinese market. It is one example of how global investment is growing our business sector.

See the story in the Edmonton Journal here.