Better Edmonton’s regional growth guarantees extra jobs and financial diversification, say newly elected mayors

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Blair McBride Upcoming projects in Beaumont such as the 10G fiber network and the technology innovation park could bring more development and jobs to the Edmonton area, said Mayor-elect Bill Daneluik on Tuesday, October 19, 2021. Upcoming projects in Beaumont such as the 10G fiber network and the technology innovation park could bring more development and jobs to the Edmonton area, said Mayor-elect Bill Daneluik on Tuesday, October 19, 2021. Photo delivered by

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The mayors of the capital region look forward to further joint development around Edmonton after the election of new faces.

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Three out of six parishes in the Edmonton area – Beaumont, Spruce Grove and Morinville – elected new leaders in Monday’s state election.

In April, leaders of the Edmonton metropolitan area’s 13 municipalities signed up to the Collaborative Economic Development (CED) initiative, a model designed to promote economic opportunity across the region through projects that target non-residential growth and jobs across individuals Communities aim beyond boundaries.

Bill Daneluik, mayor-elect of Beaumont, said he was already on board with the CED.

“It’s in the best interests of the region,” Daneluik told Postmedia.

“Edmonton is the main hub in our region, but there are 13 parishes in the greater Edmonton area. We need to find out how we can attract more companies to the region. An open and honest discussion with our municipal partners is needed for the benefit of all. “

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Daneluik, a former Beaumont city councilor who removed the incumbent mayor with 50.4 percent of the vote, said he sees the city’s 10G fiber network as an upcoming contribution to the region as it will encourage high-tech companies to move to the community. He assumes that the project will be completed this year and construction will begin in early 2022.

But what he is most excited about is the Technology Innovation Park, which is planned for the southern part of Beaumont and will use the network.

“We see Beaumont as an attractive innovation park for technology companies. It could become a powerful technology hub that will attract more technology to the region. People could live in Edmonton and work in Beaumont (or) people who want a quieter lifestyle could live in Beaumont, ”he said.

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In St. Albert, incumbent Mayor Cathy Heron said she plans to move the CED forward with the city’s Lakeview Business District plan, adding that the vacant land on the west side is earmarked for joint investment.

“The next part of (CED) is to demonstrate its value through a project that we can invest in together. We don’t have any plans yet about what will be built there (but) if the region invests, they should have a say in what goes there, ”said Heron.

Heron said she foresees a period of consultation to include the new mayors in plans already underway, including the regional transport system.

“It will be important to bring the new group of mayors together and see where we align,” she said.

Other incumbents re-elected Monday were Rod Frank of Strathcona County, who received 57.91 percent of the vote; and Bob Young, who was re-elected with 66.24 percent in the city of Leduc.

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Former Edmonton City Councilor Michael Walters, who voted against running, said he hoped the new mayors and councilors would support the Edmonton Global Initiative to attract more investment and trade to the area.

“We need more companies here to diversify our economy,” he said. “We have an uncomplicated business climate here, but we have to do as much as possible to standardize the development process and approval and to be agile.”

The parishes in the Edmonton Metropolitan Area are Edmonton, St. Albert, Fort Saskatchewan, Leduc, Beaumont, Spruce Grove, Stony Plain, Devon, Morinville, Strathcona County, Sturgeon County, Leduc County, and Parkland Counties.

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