Heartland Region Gaining Momentum
Anyone who lives or works near Alberta’s Industrial Heartland knows that activity in the region is progressing at a steady tempo. It took several years following the economic difficulties in 2008 for the region to recover, similar to other businesses and jurisdictions across the continent. But like a train, though slow to start and gain speed, once an optimum pace is reached it carries an incredible amount of forward momentum.
Alberta’s Industrial Heartland is in the midst of very exciting forward momentum. A cascade of recent announcements, many of which are highlighted in our September e-newsletter, include Sasol’s purchase of land in Strathcona County for a future gas-to-liquids facility, Pembina Pipeline’s acquisition of land to expand their Heartland Hub, and ATCO Power’s plans for a 400 megawatt natural gas-fired power generation station, in addition to several others that have been announced since the beginning of 2013.
With a notable increase in activity, the transportation network in the region has recently received considerable attention. In collaboration with local municipalities, industry-related associations, other local stakeholder groups, and the Government of Alberta, Alberta’s Industrial Heartland Association is committed to finding solutions to the existing pressures on the transportation network. This includes the need for a heavy haul route and infrastructure upgrades to specific intersections and the Highway 15 bridge over the North Saskatchewan River. An adequate transportation system is necessary not only for industrial growth, but expanding small business and residential development as well.
Staying informed and learning more about future development and important topics like transportation in the Heartland is key. Announcements, updates, and events are posted on our website on a regular basis. Twitter and Facebook have become an easy and instant way to communicate news. Our quarterly e-newsletter contains highlights and links to some of the region’s most significant stories. Local newspapers are dedicated to printing Heartland news. And of course we try to achieve as much face-to-face time with the community at events, local Chamber meetings, Council presentations, and more.
We hope to connect with you in the future and welcome discussion on all-things Heartland, as the region propels ahead with much momentum.
Chair, Alberta’s Industrial Heartland Association
Reeve, Lamont County