“Alberta job creators, businesses and entrepreneurs are the backbone of our economy. When we look at where we were only a few years ago, we can see how far we’ve come in our overall economic recovery, growth and diversification.

“Across our province, we continue to see Alberta’s entrepreneurial spirit come through, creating jobs in conventional and non-conventional sectors. The development we’re seeing in both traditional and new industries is a tribute to the hard work and ingenuity of Albertans.

“Alberta’s economy is back on track and poised to lead the country in growth this year. With the support of our economic development partners, we can continue to build on our many strengths and promote diversification into new and emerging sectors to attract investment and create more good-paying jobs for Albertans.

“To recognize their hard work and the valuable role they will continue to play in our province’s economic growth, I am proud to declare May 9-13 as Economic Development Week.

“I would like to extend my deep appreciation and thanks for all of the support our economic developers provide in helping Alberta businesses and communities succeed and thrive.”