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June 15, 2017

Successes - Economic Future Needs Citizen Input and Engagement
WE NEED YOU !
Our Region Needs Your Help, Thoughts and Forward Thinking

The Economic Opportunities Taskforce (Counties of Paintearth and Flagstaff, Villages of Forestburg and Halkirk, and the Towns of Coronation and Castor) have retained the consulting services of Urban Systems Ltd. to undertake a review and analysis of the social and economic impacts expected to accrue from the potential closures of the Battle River Generating Station and Paintearth Mine. The Opportunities and Impact Study will also include thoughts and recommendations for economic revitalization  and transition .

The SURVEY was release June 1, 2017 with a deadline to submit of June 30, 2017.

The on line survey can be found on your municipality's website and paper copies are available for pick up at your municipal administration office.

The  link is as follows: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/ImapctOpportunity

For the success of this analysis and to ensure our voices are heard, please participate in the survey

The Opportunities and Impact Study is on schedule with the Final Report Presentation due in September 2017. For any questions, please contact your respective municipality.


The Province of Alberta is working in partnership with the Government of Canada to provide employment support programs and services.
 


FLAGSTAFF UNITED PRESS RELEASE: 
 http://www.flagstaffunited.ca/
Regional Governance Initiative Still Working On Details
-Region residents to be asked to provide feedback when details completed


COAL IMPACT OPPORTUNITY SURVEY:

As outlined within Alberta’s Climate Leadership Plan the Province is seeking to “end coal pollution” by introducing more stringent and immediate limits on greenhouse gas emissions from coal operations. In practice this means the accelerated retirement of coal-fired power plants. The counties of Paintearth and Flagstaff; and the communities of Halkirk, Castor, Coronation and Forestburg are at the leading edge of communities/regions in Alberta concerned with  the potential socio-economic impacts of impending closure and how to best transition forward.

As an initial step in the process Urban Systems Ltd has been retained to undertake two specific investigations:

(1) the preparation of an impact investigation detailing what the short and long term social and economic impacts will be from the closure of the ATCO Battle River Generating Station and Paintearth Mine , i.e. what might be the scope and magnitude of impacts arising from  closures and how might these impacts ripple through the region?

(2) the preparation of an Asset Mapping and Opportunities Study highlighting the region’s unique assets and opportunities that could provide a foundation for future development, i.e. considering the potential impacts of the possible closures, how might the region realistically move forward by building on local assets and capitalizing on credible opportunities. For those who wish to complete a paper copy, a Citizen Survey is available at the Forestburg Municipal Office.  The Municipal Office will forward the survey, to Urban Systems, on your behalf

This survey is an important part of both of these exercises. Thank you for taking the time and providing your valuable input!
https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/ImapctOpportunity


NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING

Village of Forestburg
Bylaw 1:2017 – Village of Forestburg and Flagstaff County Intermunicipal Development Plan Bylaw
In accordance with the requirements of Section 606 of the Municipal Government Act S.A. 2000, as amended, the Council of the Village of Forestburg has scheduled a Public Hearing for Wednesday, June 21, 2017 at 6:30 pm at the Village of Forestburg Administration Office, 4902 – 50 Street, Forestburg, AB regarding the proposed adoption of Bylaw 1:2017 – Village of Forestburg and Flagstaff County Intermunicipal Development Plan Bylaw.
The purpose of the Intermunicipal Development Plan will be to ensure that a coordinated and cooperative approach is in place for managing the use and development of lands adjacent to the boundary of Forestburg, within Flagstaff County.
Persons wishing to make representation to Council on this matter are requested to advise the undersigned no later than 12:00 noon on June 20, 2017. Written submissions and those persons who have advised of their wish to speak will be heard first, and other submissions will follow.
The proposed bylaw may be inspected at the Village of Forestburg administration office during regular business hours (8:30am – 4:30pm, Monday – Friday) or on our website www.forestburg.ca.
For further information please contact:

Debra Moffatt, CAO
Village of Forestburg
PO Box 210   4902 – 50 Street
Forestburg, AB T0B 1N0
Ph: 780-582-3668    Fax: 780-582-2233
Email: cao@forestburg.ca.

IDP Review
 


May 26, 2017

Successes – Economic Future Needs Citizen Input and Engagement

Our Region Needs Your Help, Thoughts and Forward Thinking

 

The Economic Opportunities Taskforce (Counties of Paintearth and Flagstaff, Villages of Forestburg and Halkirk, and the Towns of Coronation and Castor) have retained the consulting services of Urban Systems Ltd. to undertake a review and analysis of the social and economic impacts expected to accrue from the potential closures of the Battle River Generating Station and Paintearth Mine. The Opportunities and Impact Study will also include thoughts and recommendations for economic revitalization and transition.  

A series of town hall meetings and one on one interviews were held in Forestburg and Castor during the week of May 15 -18.  There were many things learned from the over 80 participants at the town hall meeting and the 35 one on one interviews.   The Economic Opportunities Taskforce extends a sincere thank you to everyone that participated in these sessions.    

Town Hall meetings and one on one sessions were open discussion and focusing on the following:

  • Identification/exploration of community/regional and family impacts re: closure(s);
  • Identification/confirmation of community/regional assets for moving forward; and
  • Investigation of economic opportunities and best fit.

NEXT STEPS

What are the next steps that the Economic Opportunities Taskforce will be undertaking:

 

  1. Continued  opportunity for citizens to provide forward thinking ideas to strengthen our region by way of conducting additional one on one interviews; and
  2. SURVEY - to be released on line and paper copy available.  Will be release June 1, 2017 with a deadline of June 30, 2017.  The on line survey can be found on your municipality’s website and the paper copies are available for pick up at your municipal administration office.

The Opportunities and Impact Study is on schedule with the Final Report Presentation due in September 2017.  For any questions, please contact your respective municipality.

The Province of Alberta is working in partnership with the Government of Canada to provide employment support programs and services.
 


 

 

 

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