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Business Beat: Fuelling our business community in 2020

By Lisa Kowalchuk on January 8th, 2020

Our local Chamber of Commerce is a member-driven and people-focused organization who believes that the positive impact we create for local businesses ultimately affects the lives of business owners, employees and our community. That’s why we’re active problem solvers, equipped to help our business community by connecting our members with various resources and representing their ... Read More »

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Business Beat: Next generation economic development

By Sandra Blyth on December 18th, 2019

Economic development has greatly evolved over the past several decades. This evolution has occurred in relation to who has held the responsibility for its practice and as well for the approaches that have been used in its application. Economic development was once largely the responsibility of federal and provincial governments however, today the responsibility is ... Read More »

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Business Beat: What’s your workforce vision for 2020?

By Tracy Stroud on December 11th, 2019

tstroud@mhc.ab.ca A new year always presents an opportunity to reflect on the past and set goals for the upcoming months. Even though it will soon be 2020, you may feel planning for the future is anything but clear, but the importance of forecasting and strategizing cannot be overlooked. This is especially true for businesses in ... Read More »

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Business Beat: The economic value of sports tourism and events

By Kara Brake on December 4th, 2019

With 2019 coming to an end, it is exciting to review what has happened over the last 12 months in Medicine Hat. This past year our community held more than 70 tournaments, events, festivals and conferences, all bringing outside visitors to Medicine Hat and the surrounding area. Sport and event tourism is the fastest growing ... Read More »

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Business Beat: OK getting DIRT-y to land a big fish

By Sandra Blyth on November 20th, 2019

Wondering what it takes to land a big fish? Well, it takes more than a fishing hook and some bait. It requires just the right amount of DIRT. The City of Medicine Hat’s Development Investment Readiness Team has been driving progressive changes within City Hall, changes that have secured global investors who are applauding the ... Read More »

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Business Beat: Workforce skills needed

By Mark Keller on November 13th, 2019

Finding the talent and skills needed to move our organizations forward is a challenge shared by the private and public sector so I’m not surprised to see education, training and hiring challenges appear in data recently collected from regional businesses. As one example, a large number of employers said hiring was more challenging because potential ... Read More »

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Business Beat: Developing action plans

By Elizabeth Blair on November 6th, 2019

The Business Retention and Expansion and Workforce Development survey, referred to as “BREWD” has now been completed. Nearly 500 regional businesses, 476 to be exact, have shared their input and the data is showing us some very interesting information. Responses came in from businesses in Medicine Hat, Redcliff, Bow Island, Cypress County and County of ... Read More »

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Business Beat: Building an economic roadmap for the future

By Lisa Kowalchuk on October 30th, 2019

“Canada’s 43rd Parliament has been elected to govern on behalf of all Canadians, in all regions and in all sectors of the economy. Now that the campaign is over, MPs of all parties need to put our country’s needs ahead of narrow partisanship. Businesses and investors are watching carefully to see how we come together ... Read More »

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Business Beat: B2B opportunities in hemp and cannabis for the region

By Tracy Stroud on October 16th, 2019

edc@mhc.ab.ca This past summer I had the pleasure of working with a young new business owner, who completed a hemp and cannabis inventory for southeastern Alberta. Not only did she find that there is predicted to be about 1,000 new jobs in these industries, she also uncovered a fast growing industry with many opportunities for ... Read More »

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Business Beat: Where do you stand in the 2019 Canadian general election?

By medicinehatnews on October 2nd, 2019

Our recent Canadian Chamber Conference hosted a Pollsters and Pundits panel with our pollster providing an in-depth analysis of the opinion polls and our pundit providing expert political analysis on what is impacting the voting decisions of Canadians. Polls showed that Canadians increasingly believe that the country is off on the wrong track with a ... Read More »

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