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Spring Luncheon 2019 Recap

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May 15, 2019

Thank you to the attendees of our Spring Luncheon on May 9, 2019. 80 attended and heard from three guest speakers. Mike Heck CAO of Parkland County gave an economic overview of the County’s financial standing. He reports that the County is in better fiscal shape than many other County’s in the province however leaner days are also here.   He said that an ongoing legal suit with TransAlta over the changes to the closure of the coal facilities of the coal-fired facilities of the power plants located in the County is putting downward pressure on the budget revenue as the County has not received payment from TransAlta for four years while the legal matter continues. Further, anticipated cuts to MSI funding from the Province of Alberta are of concern as well. On the positive side, Parkland County has seen a rise in property values. The County continues to procure further investment in Acheson. As a result, the County continues to refine processes making it more efficient to do business with Parkland County.
The second speakers were Chad Hohman and Brandon Ewanchyshyn from the Spruce Grove Saints Hockey Club. They presented an impressive video explaining the Hockey club and their ongoing efforts & benefits in the community. The Saint's mandate for their young players is very involved in working with several local charity groups and schools which aid the students and the community in many immeasurable ways. They are seeking support through advertising for businesses that go to scholarships for their players helping to advance their work in the communities and careers. If Acheson businesses would like to get involved with the Spruce Grove Saints, they can contact Chad at (780) 960-8326.  
Keynote speaker, Todd Hirsch gave insight to the economy and what Alberta needs to do going forward. He mentioned pipelines, diversification, AI/robotics, income gap and opportunity, and global economics as the ‘five things that matter a lot.’ Businesses in every sector need to adjust more than ever to succeed in the global market. They are projecting ag, tourism, tech, and logistics are growth areas that need to be looked at alongside the largest of all, the energy sector.