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This past year has been an exciting and exceptional one for Red Deer County Economic Development. Early spring saw Council approve the 2017 Economic Development Strategic Plan. The main objective of the strategic plan is to provide the County with the direction needed to become business ready in order to generate increased employment opportunities for local residents, diversify the local economic base and provide additional tax revenues to meet the municipality’s growing service and infrastructure demands.One outcome of the plan was to implement a business licensing program. This program will enable economic development staff to have a better understanding of the types of businesses, where they are located in the County and how best to serve them. In conjunction with the license, businesses have the opportunity to belong to the Business Directory available on our website. We are proud of the quality of businesses we have in the County and want to make available to them the opportunities a directory like this can offer; up and down stream partners, supply chain connections, import/ export opportunities, etc. At this time, we have over 200 businesses with licenses located on our Business Directory.The airport has also experienced tremendous success this year exceeding their goals and expectations. They have had a record number of flights and the airport continues to grow and prosper. The flights are significantly up from last year; 40,000 movements in 2016 to 70,000 movements in 2017. We are finding that more and more Central Albertans are flying Air Canada to and from Red Deer Regional Airport. The flight school has really fit in and found its place here in the County.We are looking forward to a very prosperous New Year and wish everyone a wonderful holiday season.If you require further information or would like to connect, please contact Sandra Badry, Economic Development Officer for Red Deer County, at 403.357.2395 or firstname.lastname@example.org