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Community Economic Development Initiatives In The Wild Rose Region

We Help With Rural Economic Diversification

Rural Economic Diversification is the core of what we do. We work alongside community leaders and other key stakeholders to create Community Economic Development plans and implement projects that support value-added activity and expansion into new sectors.

We take the pulse of our business community and provide guidance on business retention and succession planning strategies.


Wild Rose Agritourism Challenge 2020/21

In 2020, Community Futures Wild Rose in Strathmore, Alberta launched an exciting initiative with the support of the Government of Canada and Government of Alberta to build a regional agritourism cluster through an Agritourism Innovation Challenge.  

The Challenge was to build a micro-cluster by working with neighbours and industry partners from across the region with the help of training, business coaching, networking and marketing support that fostered regional collaboration and individual success.  

20 program participants from across the entire region, including Bassano, Strathmore, Three Hills, Linden, Rosebud, and Carseland registered in the program.

Community Economic Development Initiatives In The Wild Rose Region

Business Vitality Survey 

In May 2020, Community Futures Wild Rose and it's Shareholder Communities partnered in and conducted a Business Survey to assess the current health of the businesses within the region as a result of COVID-19.

View Survey Results

Agri-tourism Expansion Initiative

Community Futures Wild Rose, along with the Government of Alberta, Wheatland County, Kneehill County and Rocky View County are undergoing the development of a Strategy to grow and develop Agritourism within the CF Wild Rose Region. Below are the five phases of the project initiative:

Phase I: Agri-tourism Research

The purpose of this phase of the project is to gather and understand the agri-tourism sector and how it can apply to the CF Wildrose Region.

  • Identify trends, best practices in Agri-tourism
  • Regional agri-tourism asset collection
  • Visitor Feedback & Insights
  • In-Depth Interviews with Selected Comparable Agri-tourism Operations
  • Analysis and Synthesis of Findings and Reporting

View Phase 1 Report Findings

Phase II:  Stakeholder Engagement

The purpose of this phase of the project is to engage with the agri-tourism operators in the Wildrose region.

  • Confidential Interviews with Select OFD Farms and Stakeholders
  • Identification of Gaps and Challenges
  • Identification of agri-tourism themes for the Region

Phase III: Agri-tourism Opportunity Identification

  • Agri-tourism Opportunity Identification

Stakeholder Engagement Summaries: 

Phase IV: Strategic Action Plan Development

  • Stakeholder Presentation and Feedback
  • Agri-tourism Action Plan Development

Phase V: Regional Strategy Development and Final Report

  • Regional Strategy Development
  • Draft Project Report Preparation
  • Final Report

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Metal Fabrication Industry Growth Project 

Stages of this project

 Stage 1 (COMPLETE): Regional Metal Fabrication Labour Market Research and Asset Analysis

Objective: To develop labour market intelligence of the metal fabrication industry, initiate the process of identifying partners, and determine the next stages.

Outcome: Two LMP deliverables were completed in August 2017 titled “Fabricating Workforce Report” and “Labour Market Profile” in partnership with Rockyview County, CFWR, Government of Canada and Alberta Ministry of Labour.

Recommendations from the report: Engage government, education and industry organizations, and develop a strategic plan to further grow the Metal Fabrication Industry.

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Stage 2 (COMPLETE): Unleashing the Potential of Metal Fabrication 

Objective: To engage government and educational institutions and secure financial contributions to leverage LMP funds from the Alberta Ministry of Labour to: 1) develop a metal fabrication industry growth ”business case” defining key action steps from the labour perspective (this is targeted to the LMP to develop the labour component), 2) form an “organization” of metal fabricators, and 3) to modify targeted education programs to meet the employment needs of the metal fabrication industry. 

Total projected cost: $66,000 in cash and in-kind support with a $30,000 LMP grant portion to be requested upon confirmation of partners to this Project.  Note:  Partners will be recognized on all public communications. 

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Stage Three (potential future stage): Strategic Plan

Objective: Develop a strategic plan to achieve economic and employment growth of this Industry with direct involvement and financial contributions from the Metal Fabrication Industry to leverage government funding such as ICCI, CARES, etc..  Should this Stage occur, it will lay out the means of completing the strategic plan action steps to achieve Industry growth along with determining whether a potential fourth stage will be required.

We’re Here to Help!

At Community Futures Wild Rose, we understand rural start-up businesses like no other. We come from the same community you live in. We know what it’s like and we’re determined to make things work for you.

Contact Us

101 - 331 3rd Avenue
Box 2159
Strathmore, AB  T1P 1K2
P: 403-934-8888

Communities Served

Acme, Ardenode, Bassano, Beiseker, Carbon, Carseland, Chestermere, Cluny, Conrich, Dalemead, Dalum, Delacour, Gem, Gleichen, Hussar, Huxley, Indus, Irricana, Kathryn, Keoma, Kneehill County, Langdon, Linden, Lyalta, Norfolk, Rockyford, Rosebud, Standard, Strathmore, Swalwell, Three Hills, Torrington, Trochu, Wheatland County, Wimborne