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Prince Albert Sk
Board member applications can be found online at www.citypa.ca
Regional partners have come together to officially form the Prince Albert Regional Economic Development Alliance (PREDA). The Memorandum of Understanding has been formally adopted by founding member communities and organizations which represents the region’s first grassroots driven approach to regional community economic development. Founding members include the City of Prince Albert, the Rural Municipality of Prince Albert, the Rural Municipality of Buckland, the Town of Shellbrook, Muskoday First Nation and Peter Ballantyne Developments LP.
The initiative has been eighteen months in the making following the development of a Task Force to prepare a framework that would define how to fund the operation, priorities for the region, communities involved and overall vision for what will be achieved. The framework final report was presented and adopted by founding partners and provides the foundation for the operating model for the PREDA.
“We’ve attempted regional economic development in the past but for the first time this is a truly community driven approach,” said Prince Albert Mayor Greg Dionne. “We are not responding to a mandate from a senior level of government. Only communities and organizations that believe in regional economic development and who see the value in a cooperative and coordinated approach will be at the table.”
“Peter Ballantyne Group of Companies is very excited to be part of the PREDA initiative and one of its founding Partners,” said Chief Peter A. Beatty, President of Peter Ballantyne Developments LP. “Representing the business interests of the Peter Ballantyne Cree Nation, we understand that as the regional economy grows all those who live and work in the area benefit. We have a number of business investments in Prince Albert and the region, and we are hopeful the PREDA will bring further opportunities for investment and growth.”
Membership in the PREDA is open to any individual, agency, municipality, First Nation or member of the private sector that is looking to work together to support the region’s business climate and encourage investment across all jurisdictions. With formal adoption from the founding partners, the next step will be to fill board positions and recruit for the Chief Executive Officer position.
“It is clear that a regional approach is the only way to do economic development. We are distinct communities but we have mutual interest in securing new business and investment in our region. A success in one jurisdiction is a success for all,” said Shellbrook Mayor George Tomporowski. “I am looking forward to working cooperatively with our neighbours on this important venture.”
The call for Member at Large positions for the PREDA Board of Directors is currently open. An application form for these positions, as well as more information on the PREDA initiative, can be found at www.citypa.ca/regionaleconomicdevelopment. Applications will be accepted until April 1, 2019.
For more information, please contact:
Mayor Greg Dionne
City of Prince Albert
Acting Reeve Richard Wilson
R.M. Prince Albert
Reeve Don Fyrk
Mayor George Tomporowski
Town of Shellbrook
Chief Austin Bear
Muskoday First Nation
Chief Peter A. Beatty
Peter Ballantyne Developments LP