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New Supply Chain Employment Program and Micro-Credential launches this Fall for southern Alberta

Sep 19, 2019
For Immediate Release

Lethbridge, AB…Teamworks Career Centre, on behalf of the Alberta Ministry of Labour and Immigration, and in partnership with CITT (Canadian Institute of Traffic and Transportation) announced earlier today the launch of a new government funded employment program for unemployed Albertans to transition into new careers in supply chain. The supply chain industry...

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Healthy Economic Growth to Continue for Lethbridge

Sep 17, 2019
For Immediate Release

Lethbridge, AB…The Conference Board of Canada released their mid-sized cities report earlier today, and the news for Lethbridge continues to be encouraging. According to the report, “Lethbridge’s economy has fired on all cylinders over the past two years, expanding by 5.8 per cent in 2017 and by 5.1 per cent in 2018.” The strong economic pe...

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Economic Development Lethbridge receives $1.68M in STEM Funding

Jul 22, 2019
For Immediate Release July 22, 2019

Lethbridge, AB…Announced today by the Honourable Mary Ng, Minister of Small Business and Export Promotion, Economic Development Lethbridge (EDL) will receive $1.68M in funding over the next 3 years for Women in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics) training, mentoring and other entrepreneurial support programs through its Tecconn...

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Request for Proposal - RFP Print Marketing Development

Jun 27, 2019
Designers wanted! With the introduction of the Brighter Together community brand taking place this year throughout Lethbridge, Economic Development Lethbridge is also working on a rebranding project. The new EDL brand and logo will be an extension of the Brighter Together community brand and will represent the organization internally within Lethbridge as well as externally to key organization...

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Lethbridge students take business, tech skills to international competition

May 29, 2019
For Immediate Release - May 29, 2019

A team of seven women from Lethbridge will take their business savvy, computer coding and blockchain knowledge to an international competition in Toronto this week. They will compete at the CryptoChicks Hackathon, May 31 to June 2, an event that will feature world leaders in blockchain technology and artificial intelligence, and competitors from aro...

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University to officially open new Science and Academic Building with community celebration on Sept. 13-14

May 16, 2019
For Immediate Release May 15, 2019

The University of Lethbridge, in partnership with Economic Development Lethbridge and Beakerhead Creative Society, are planning a community celebration to mark the official opening of its new Science and Academic Building – and everyone’s invited.

The two-day event will take place Sept. 13-14, 2019 and feature a host of interacti...

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Economic Development Lethbridge Celebrating Economic Development Week

May 15, 2019
For Immediate Release May 6, 2019


Lethbridge, AB…May 6 through 11, 2019 is Economic Development Week and Economic Development Lethbridge (EDL) will be joining in the celebration. Created in 2016 by the International Economic Development Council (IEDC) the week-long campaign was developed to shine a bright light on Economic Development organizations throughout North America ...

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2019 Economic Development Lethbridge Board of Directors

Apr 8, 2019

For Immediate Release March 21, 2019

2019 Economic Development Lethbridge Board of Directors Announced
Lethbridge, AB...The Board of Directors for Economic Development Lethbridge (EDL) is pleased to announce the 2019 Board as confirmed at the Annual General Meeting held on March 20. The organization would like to announce that Jenn Schmidt-Rempel, Lethbridge Public Library Mar...

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Indigenous Entrepreneur Summit Returns to YQL

Nov 23, 2018
Indigenous Entrepreneur Summit returns to YQL

Business Link’s Indigenous Entrepreneur Summit returns to Lethbridge and the Tecconnect Centre for Entrepreneurship and Innovation on Monday, November 26, 2018.

The summit, sponsored by the Regional Innovation Network of Southern Alberta (RINSA), offers Indigenous entrepreneurs the opportunity to forge connections with small...

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The future of food and how southern Alberta can capitalize on its strength

Nov 2, 2018
Lethbridge, AB… Economic Development Lethbridge, with support from the Plant Protein Alliance of Alberta, Lethbridge College and the University of Lethbridge, is pleased to feature Dr. David Hughes – also known as Dr. Food – to speak about the future of food.

Dr. Hughes, Emeritus Professor of Food Marketing at Imperial College London, is the keynote speaker for The Fo...

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Presenters named for second Ignite YQL event

Sep 25, 2018

Lethbridge, Alberta – Ten locals have been selected to inspire the audience with their ideas on community-building as part of the second ever Ignite YQL event, presented by Economic Development Lethbridge with support from RBC.

Ignite talks are short presentations intended to challenge the presenter and inspire the audience. Presenters get 20 slides, which automatically advance ev...

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Food For Thought – Entrepreneurship, Leadership & the Economy

Apr 16, 2018
Lethbridge, AB… Economic Development Lethbridge (EDL), with support from the Regional Innovation Network of Southern Alberta (RINSA), is pleased to bring its’ signature event back to the community. The Food For Thought – Entrepreneurship, Leadership & the Economy breakfast will feature two dynamic speakers including EDL CEO Trevor Lewington as well as Social Entrepreneur and...

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Tecconnect+ED entrepreneur bootcamp boosts business

Sep 13, 2018
Lethbridge - This fall, Economic Development Lethbridge is launching a new, intensive 13-week bootcamp to give local entrepreneurs the tools to supercharge their business plans.

The program will help start-up entrepreneurs or established members of the business community looking for a refresher, develop robust business plans in an interactive, classroom-style setting.

In this...

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Introducing Avail Maxim

Mar 12, 2018
Maxim Management Chartered Accountants is pleased to announce a new partnership with Avail CPA.

Avail Maxim brings Maxim’s cloud-based, tech-focused, virtual accounting services together with Avail CPA’s full slate of integrated professional services, which include business consulting, wealth planning, tax, strategic advisory, and valuations.

Maxim Management was ...

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2017 major employers survey results released

Mar 6, 2018
Lethbridge, AB- Economic Development Lethbridge (EDL) has released the results of its biennial major employer survey.

In the fall of 2017, EDL contacted local businesses and organizations across various sectors to compile a list of businesses employing more than 100 people. According to the 2017 survey, there are 49 major employers located in the Lethbridge area, up from 45 in the 2015 ...

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Call out for Economic Development Lethbridge Board Members

Jan 5, 2018
As 2018 ramps up, Economic Development Lethbridge (EDL) is looking for new members for its volunteer Board of Directors.

The 25-member board represents a diverse range of expertise, industries and interests in order to help connect EDL to the needs of the community it serves. For 2018, EDL is looking for board members with expertise in the agriculture, commercial and transportation sect...

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Start or grow a business in Lethbridge

Oct 4, 2017
Small business owners and aspiring entrepreneurs in southern Alberta will have more support to expand their operations or turn their business ideas into reality. 

With support from the Alberta Entrepreneurship Incubator program, Lethbridge’s Tecconnect is offering commercialization services, networking and mentorship opportunities, as well as access to startup funding to help...

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Lethbridge place-brand development continues with hands-on sessions scheduled for September 13 and 14

Aug 25, 2018
Lethbridge, Alberta – What makes you love this place? What are we building for our children and our future? Who will live and work here? What will it look and feel like? As part of the Intelligent Community Initiative and resulting place-brand strategy, Economic Development Lethbridge is hosting a brand workshop where attendees will explore those themes and help shape the feel and futur...

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Economic Development Lethbridge to host Ignite YQL

Aug 1, 2017
Lethbridge, Alberta - Economic Development Lethbridge is pleased to bring Ignite to the Lethbridge stage for the first time. Since Ignite started more than 10 years ago, it has become an international phenomenon with Ignite events produced in more than 350 locations around the world.  

Ignite talks are quick presentations intended to challenge the presenter and inspire the audience...

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Improved Economic Outlook for Many Canadian Mid-Sized Cities

Jul 27, 2017
But Canadian mid-sized cities outside Alberta will not see growth above 2 per cent

OTTAWA, July 27, 2017 /CNW/ - In line with recovering oil prices, economic growth in Medicine Hat and Red Deer is expected to return to positive territory this year. In fact, with real GDP growth of 2.7 per cent in 2017, Medicine Hat is anticipated to post...

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Commercial and Industrial Development study highlights opportunities for future land development and economic growth

May 8, 2017
Economic Development Lethbridge (EDL) has released the findings of a Commercial and Industrial Development study conducted by MXD Development Strategists in partnership with the City of Lethbridge and Lethbridge County. This study, which began in Fall 2016, was conducted to assess and define the optimal mix of land uses for development in Lethbridge and the Urban Fringe are of Lethbridge County ov...

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2017 Economic Development Lethbridge Board of Directors Announced

Apr 3, 2017
The Board of Directors for Economic Development Lethbridge (EDL) is pleased to announce the 2017 Board as confirmed at the Annual General Meeting held on March 21. The organization would like to announce that Bill Spenceley, President and Owner, Flexahopper Plastics, will serve as the new Board President and Chair for the 2017 term.

“I look forward to serving the Board in this ca...

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Last Chance to Register!

Jan 23, 2017

Lethbridge - As part of the Intelligent Community initiative, Economic Development Lethbridge is pleased to host the next ‘food for thought’ luncheon on Thursday, January 26, 2017. This dynamic luncheon features Dr. Katherine Loflin who will provide attendees with a thought-provoking presentation highlighting the importance of understanding the community attributes ...

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Join the EDL Board!

Dec 21, 2016

Lethbridge - Economic Development Lethbridge is an arm’s length organization, supported by the City of Lethbridge, governed by a 25-member volunteer Board of Directors and managed by a team of professionals dedicated to promoting economic prosperity in Lethbridge.

EDL Board Members are drawn from a diverse cross-section of the community with the intention of best ...

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Alberta and Lethbridge partner to land historic investment

Dec 12, 2016

Lethbridge - A partnership between the Province of Alberta and City of Lethbridge to upgrade municipal infrastructure will help kick-start the single largest private investment in the city’s history.

The partnership will support jobs and economic growth by servicing a major expansion of the Sherring Industrial Park.

The expansion will pave the way for Cave...

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Unique opportunity for area artisans

Dec 6, 2016

Lethbridge - Economic Development Lethbridge is seeking an artisan to design and create a custom gift that represents the Lethbridge region. The gift will initially be used to present to foreign dignitaries when a delegation of Lethbridge and Lethbridge County government officials travel abroad on international relations and trade missions and when foreign dignitaries are visit...

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Expanded fitness facility a sign of growing service offerings in downtown Lethbridge

Dec 5, 2016

Lethbridge - After five years of continuous growth, O2 Training Centre is celebrating the opening of its new location. As an anchor tenant in Plaza 601 located on Sixth Street and Fourth Avenue South, the O2 facility will offer programs and services such as kickboxing, personal training, yoga, tanning and nutrition counselling in a facility that is more than twice the size of i...

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November Events

Oct 21, 2016
November 16 - Lethbridge Trading Area Information Session

Did you know that $473 million is spent on goods and services in Lethbridge each year by non-Lethbridge catchment area residents?

You are invited to an information session to learn more about how non-Lethbridge residents engage in commercial activity and the overall value of this activity...

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Results of study show significant local economic impact from non-Lethbridge residents

Oct 6, 2016

Lethbridge - Economic Development Lethbridge, with support from key sponsors and supporters, led a research study to identify how non-Lethbridge residents engage in commercial activity in the city and to determine the overall value of this activity. The catchment area as defined in the study includes 249,380 people from Medicine Hat in the east to Kimberly in the West and from ...

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YQL Pitch Sessions

Sep 25, 2016

Lethbridge - Lethbridge, AB… As part of the Food For Thought – Economic Trends & Industry Disruptions luncheon hosted by Economic Development Lethbridge, in partnership with Stringam LLP and BDC, EDL is pleased to also be hosting the YQL Pitch Session and Q&A with ‘Next Gen Den’ Dragon, Michael Hyatt. On Wednesday, September 28,...

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Lethbridge Expected to Outperform the Wider Provincial Economy in 2016

Jul 27, 2017

Lethbridge - The Conference Board of Canada’s 2016 Mid-Sized Cities Outlook Report shows stable growth in Lethbridge with strength in both traditional and emerging sectors. Overall, with a GDP of nearly $5.8 billion, Lethbridge’s GDP increased 1.1% in 2015. And, with real GDP growth of 1.3% anticipated in 2016, Lethbridge will outperform the wider provincial economy...

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Save the date!

Jul 20, 2016

- One of the ways Economic Development Lethbridge helps existing businesses grow and expand is by providing access to quality data and information related to economic and industry trends. This year’s event Food For Thought – Economic Trends & Industry Disruptions is being designed to address relevant and timely topics related to the state of the economy and the ...

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Southern Alberta Working to Increase Foreign Investment Opportunities

Jul 18, 2016
Lethbridge - A consortium of southern Alberta economic development organizations -- representing more than 40 municipalities and hundreds of businesses -- is inviting a group of Chinese business owners and investors to the region in the fall to develop trade relationships.

Canada is China’s second-largest trading partner, with nearly $80 billion in trade flowing ...

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Lethbridge among top places for business in Canada

Jul 14, 2016
Lethbridge - Lethbridge ranks fourth among Canada’s Best Places for Business
Canadian Business and PROFIT unveil their 2nd annual ranking of municipalities

LethbridgeProduced by two of the country's best-known business media outlets — Canadian Business and PROFIT — the 2016 Canada's Best Places for Business ranking facto...

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New Event Coming to Lethbridge in 2017

Jul 12, 2016

Lethbridge - Sustainival, the world’s first green carnival is headed to Lethbridge in spring 2017 after a strong show of support from Lethbridge City Council yesterday. Sustainival, in partnership with Economic Development Lethbridge, will create a dynamic weekend designed to celebrate sustainability throughout Lethbridge and the southern Alberta Region.

Sustainiv...

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tecconnect celebrates five years!

Jun 23, 2016
Lethbridge - Economic Development Lethbridge, together with many partners and stakeholders, marked the fifth anniversary of tecconnect with a brief ceremony and open house. The tecconnect centre for entrepreneurship and innovation officially opened its doors in June 2011 with the intention of supporting expansion of the provincial Information Comm...

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EDL Welcomes Caribbean Study Tour to Lethbridge

Jun 7, 2016

Lethbridge - Economic Development Lethbridge (EDL) is pleased to host Caribbean government officials and staff as part of the Caribbean Local Economic Development Project (CARILED) study program. Within CARILED’s ongoing efforts to expand networks and knowledge as well as introduce leading practices in local economic development, this three-day study tour will provide an ...

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Are you interested in exploring new export markets?

Jun 1, 2016

Lethbridge, Alberta -

On June 1st representatives from the Global Affairs Canada Trade Commissioner Services (TCS) will be providing an information workshop for companies interested in exploring new export markets.

The TCS helps companies navigate the complexities of international markets and make better business decisions. The TCS is on the gro...

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Provincial Budget Highlights to be discussed at an upcoming lunch with Minister Shannon Phillips, MLA Lethbridge West

Apr 15, 2016

Lethbridge, Alberta - Economic Development Lethbridge is pleased to host a ‘food for thought’ luncheon on April 29, 2016. The Honourable Shannon Phillips, MLA Lethbridge West will provide attendees with an overview of the key highlights of the provincial budget and how this may impact the local community. Following the presentation, Minister Phillips will also parti...

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2016 Economic Development Lethbridge Board of Directors Announced

Mar 17, 2016

Lethbridge, Alberta - The Board of Directors for Economic Development Lethbridge (EDL) is pleased to announce the 2016 Board as confirmed at the Annual General Meeting held on March 16.

The organization would like to announce that Lethbridge College President and CEO, Dr. Paula Burns, will serve as the new Board President and Chair for the 2016 term. “I am looking...

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New Board Posting: Not-For-Profit & Retail Sectors

Mar 14, 2016
Lethbridge, Alberta - “Being part of the Economic Development Lethbridge board offered me an opportunity to serve my community through strategic planning, guidance and leadership.”

Kurt Schlachter
Partner, Stringam LLP
EDL Board Chair & President (2015)

Econ...

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Lethbridge is home to 45 major employers who together employ more than 20,000 people

Feb 25, 2016

Lethbridge, Alberta - Economic Development Lethbridge (EDL) recently conducted a survey to identify major employers in Lethbridge and determine which sectors are represented. The 2015 survey identified businesses in Lethbridge that employ more than 100 people. Combined, these businesses and organizations employ more than 20,000 people in Lethbridge, which is approximately 32% o...

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Join the EDL Board

Jan 11, 2016
Lethbridge, Alberta - “Being part of the Economic Development Lethbridge board offered me an opportunity to serve my community through strategic planning, guidance and leadership.”

Kurt Schlachter
Partner, Stringam LLP
EDL Board Chair & President
...

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Call out for Economic Development Lethbridge Board Members

Jan 5, 2018
As 2018 ramps up, Economic Development Lethbridge (EDL) is looking for new members for its volunteer Board of Directors.

The 25-member board represents a diverse range of expertise, industries and interests in order to help connect EDL to the needs of the community it serves. For 2018, EDL is looking for board members with expertise in the agriculture, commercial and transportation sect...

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Did You Know?

The $12 million, 2000-seat University of Lethbridge Community Sports Stadium opened on the University of Lethbridge campus in 2009.