Red Deer County is looking beautiful this season thanks to the abundance of rain and sunshine we’ve had this summer. The crops are golden and the leaves on the trees are turning beautiful shades of orange, ruby and bronze.
The reality is though, we have faced some pretty challenging times these past months with the outbreak and limitations that COVID-19 has brought. Our businesses have been forced to deal with the ever changing landscape of how to adapt to doing business in the “new normal”. Never before have we felt the uncertainty of how we were going to function and carry-on in these very challenging times like we are now. The County is trying our best to be proactive and help our businesses by providing one-on-one “Health Checks”. Our concerned staff have been making the rounds, calling our businesses to see how they are faring, providing valuable information and asking how we can offer our assistance.
Through all of this, Gasoline Alley is resilient. The beautiful new sign at the entrance from the QE2, just before the roundabout on Leva Avenue, is a welcome addition to the Hamlet. When it’s lit up at night, you can see it from quite a distance away! The construction of the indoor farmers market across from Trail Appliances is coming along nicely and will open in early November.
The Junction 42 project is bustling with development. Long Haul Way is paved so we can now drive down the road and see where the new businesses will be located. The Diner will commence construction any day now – how exciting! A 50’s themed diner with great food and a warm welcome for everyone! We also welcomed Tim Horton’s to the Travel Service Centre at the end of June which includes a bulk fuel card lock, electric vehicle station, and additional fast service restaurants. With record numbers of vehicles stopping at the Rest Area, Junction 42 is extremely busy and it looks like business is going to continue to boom out there.
The Red Deer Regional Airport has had some exciting development as well. Refurbishment of the secondary runway was completed late this summer. This project was part of the Airport’s 10-year capital plan and will help Red Deer Regional Airport become a reasonable alternative to Calgary and Edmonton International airports. Our airport is a vital piece of infrastructure for transportation and logistics in central Alberta.
We are slowly coming out of this uncertain time and it always amazes us those businesses that pivot and adapt to the changing times. Our entrepreneurs are phenomenal; you continue to surprise us with your resilience. We have learned so much from you all and we are so much stronger together. Thank you for trusting and being a part of Red Deer County and we appreciate you all coming together for each other when it counts.
If you require a Health Check, or would like someone to call you back with additional information, please call the main office at 403.350.2170 or one of our Economic Development team members and we will have someone return your call.