Regional supports

Resources are available for Alberta communities and regions to support local efforts to diversify and grow their economies, attract investment, and maintain a positive and competitive business environment.

Regional Economic Development Services

Our Regional Economic Development Services (REDS) specialists have local knowledge of the economic opportunities and challenges facing Alberta’s regions. This allows them to provide economic development practitioners and business service providers with targeted advice and support.

Through one-on-one consultation, regional and community meetings, webinars, and collaborative roundtable discussions, REDS offer the following core services:

  • advisory services and outcome-based planning
  • economic information and best practices
  • pathfinding support
  • tools and resources

Our regional economic development specialists operate out of 8 offices across the province and provide services to all regions in Alberta. Learn more about our specialists and where they are located.

Regional Economic Development Alliances

Alberta's Regional Economic Development Alliances (REDAs) are independent, non-profit organizations made up of member communities and regional stakeholders. Working together, the members of each REDA promote long-term economic development and prosperity in their region and collaborate on projects that they could not necessarily do on their own.

Community and Regional Economic Support program

The Community and Regional Economic Support (CARES) program offers financial support for Alberta’s communities, regions and municipalities undertaking initiatives that promote long-term economic growth.

Municipalities, communities and organizations interested in getting grants through the CARES program are encouraged to apply through the online application process.

Community resources and tools

A rapidly changing global economy requires a local response. This has spurred economic development initiatives in communities across the province. Resources and tools are available to help community leaders create and implement an economic development plan for their local area.

Explore the Community Economic Development website to:

Regional economic development specialists

Contact one of our specialists to find out more about the regional economic development supports available to you.

For more information on the economic regions our specialists support, view the REDS regional map.

Province-wide

Tammy Powell, Senior Director, Regional Economic Development Services
Phone: 780-712-1601
Email: tammy.powell@gov.ab.ca

Address:
Regional Economic Development Services
Economic Development and Trade
5th Floor Commerce Place
10155 102 Street NW
Edmonton, Alberta  T5J 4L6

Denise Lussier, Research Officer, McLennan
Phone: 780-324-3209
Email: denise.lussier@gov.ab.ca

Address:
Regional Economic Development Services
Economic Development and Trade
Box 326, 205 1 Street E
McLennan, Alberta  T0H 2L0

Jake Papineau, Research Officer, Edmonton
Phone: 780-422-0241
Email: jake.papineau@gov.ab.ca

Address:
Regional Economic Development Services
Economic Development and Trade
5th Floor Commerce Place
10155 102 Street NW
Edmonton, Alberta  T5J 4L6

Southwest Alberta

Linda Erickson, Regional Economic Development Specialist, Lethbridge
Phone: 403-381-5482
Email: linda.erickson@gov.ab.ca

Address:
Regional Economic Development Services
Economic Development and Trade
105 provincial Building
200 5 Avenue S
Lethbridge, Alberta  T1J 4L1

Calgary Region

Lisa Houle, Regional Economic Development Specialist, Calgary
Phone: 403-592-8168
Email: lisa.houle@gov.ab.ca

Address:
Regional Economic Development Services
Economic Development and Trade
3rd Floor 639 5 Avenue SW
Calgary, Alberta  T2P 0M9

South Central Alberta

Dawna Allard, Regional Economic Development Specialist, Red Deer
Phone: 403-340-5302
Email: dawna.allard@gov.ab.ca

Address:
Regional Economic Development Services
Economic Development and Trade
2nd Floor Provincial Building
4920 51 Street
Red Deer, Alberta  T4N 6K8

Southeast Alberta

Selena McLean-Moore, Regional Economic Development Specialist, Medicine Hat
Phone: 403-529-3113
Email: selena.mclean-moore@gov.ab.ca

Address:
Regional Economic Development Services
Economic Development and Trade
1st Floor Provincial Building
346 3 Street SE
Medicine Hat, Alberta  T1A 0G7

Edmonton Metropolitan Region

Rick Bastow, Regional Economic Development Specialist, Edmonton
Phone: 780-644-9822
Email: rick.bastow@gov.ab.ca

Address:
Regional Economic Development Services
Economic Development and Trade
5th Floor Commerce Place
10155 102 Street NW
Edmonton, Alberta  T5J 4L6

North Central Alberta

Mark Vandenberghe, Regional Economic Specialist, Edmonton
Phone: 780-427-6450
Email: mark.vandenberghe@gov.ab.ca

Address:
Regional Economic Development Services
Economic Development and Trade
5th Floor Commerce Place
10155 102 Street NW
Edmonton, Alberta  T5J 4L6

Northeast Alberta

James Tessier, Regional Economic Development Specialist, Bonnyville
Phone: 780-815-4036
Email: james.tessier@gov.ab.ca

Address:
Regional Economic Development Services
Economic Development and Trade
New Park Place
5201 44 Street
Bonnyville, Alberta  T9N 0H1

Northwest Alberta

Kamie Currie, Regional Economic Development Specialist, Grande Prairie
Phone: 780-296-4986
Email: kamie.currie@gov.ab.ca

Address:
Regional Economic Development Services
Economic Development and Trade
3rd Floor Provincial Building
10320 99 Street
Grande Prairie, Alberta  T8V 6J4

Contact

To connect with Entrepreneurship and Regional Development:

Hours: 8:15 am to 4:30 pm (open Monday to Friday, closed statutory holidays)
Phone: 780-427-2005

Address:
Entrepreneurship and Regional Development
Economic Development and Trade
5th Floor, Commerce Place
10155 102 Street NW
Edmonton, Alberta  T5J 4L6