Economic Development

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Connected to the World
Red Deer County is located along the crossroads of major air, rail and ground transportation routes that offer a range of choices for shipping goods and purchasing supplies.
Helping You Succeed
Raising Central Alberta's profile as a great place to do business, Red Deer County's Economic Development Department is a one-stop shop to potential supply chains, partnership and market expansion opportunities. Stop in to discuss labour, warehousing and distribution, or to learn more about the County's top industries including manufacturing, agriculture, and transportation.

Utilizing business retention / expansion and investment attraction strategies, the Economic Development Department works to diversify our economy and expand our markets. By collaborating with a dynamic network of federal and provincial trade commissioners, regional economic development alliances, and local industry leaders, we continue to meet those goals. Stop in to find out how we can help you meet yours!
"Alberta is the best place in the world to build an ethanol plant, and Red Deer County the best location in Alberta." - Curtis Chandler, President, Dominion Energy Services.
For more information please contact the Economic Development Department at 403.350.2170, extension 284, or sbadry@rdcounty.ca.

Check out this video from Central Alberta Economic Partnership.

Committed to Regional Cooperation
Red Deer County is involved in several major partnerships focused on economic development. We regularly partner with the City of Red Deer, Red Deer College, and the Red Deer Chamber of Commerce to promote the Red Deer region and ensure local business stays strong.

Discover More
  • Central Alberta Access Prosperity: Your one-stop networking and information resource about business in Central Alberta.
  • Central Alberta Economic Partnership: Recognized as both an innovative way to facilitate rural economic development and serves as a vital partner in the continued diversification of Central Alberta's economy. Featuring strategies that build on the region’s existing efforts and successes, and provides a solid direction for future growth on the global market.
One of the Best Tax Environments in North America
The tax rate in Red Deer County is one of the most favourable in Canada. This means:
  • No provincial capital taxes or sales tax
  • No business taxes in the Red Deer region
  • County property taxes are school, municipal taxes and specific service requisitions
Find out more about tax rates and off-site levies in Red Deer County, and the about the government structure of Red Deer County.

A Young, Highly Skilled Labour Market
With a population over 20,000, Red Deer County covers an area of 4,042 square kilometers. (1,575 square miles). Within the boundaries of Red Deer County are over 120,000 highly skilled residents, whom live in urban areas encompassed by Red Deer County.

We are one of the fastest growing regions in Canada with:
  • Exceptional training centers such as Red Deer College - with over 80 programs
  • One of the youngest and most educated workforces in Canada
  • Organizations like the Chamber of Commerce that can assist you with your labour needs
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