Local News

Town puts forward up to $300,000 for regional development corporation

Morinville Council has approved up to an investment of $300,000 over three years into a new regional economic development corporation with other municipalities in the capital region. The initiative puts Morinville in a three-year contract to provide up to $50,000 in the first year, $100,000 in the second, and $150,000 in the third. The new corporation will be set up and directly owned by the municipalities that approve the new program. […]

Business

CRB to incubate independent regional economic development

The Capital Region Board (CRB) table will be a “jumping off point” for the development of a new regional economic development entity.

At the CRB’s Mar. 10 meeting, the Board of 24 municipalities in the Capital Region decided against having the Board oversee economic development in the region itself. Instead, the Board opted to “direct administration to facilitate a first meeting of interested parties.” […]

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Local News

Morinville Council Briefs

by Calli Stromner

Property Crime and Traffic Top RCMP Priorities
RCMP Sgt. Mark Mathias provided a verbal update to Council on the past and current law enforcement activities as well as a preliminary look at the detachment’s top priorities. Over the months of November and December, members of the Morinville Detachment conducted eight Check Stops, which resulted in the issuance of 85 tickets… […]

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Morinville News

Economic Development Coordinator to conduct business survey

by Ashley Janes

Morinville – Since his official start date on Oct. 1, Morinville’s new Economic Development Coordinator (EDC), Schaun Goodeve, has been hard at work. Hired to develop and promote policy guidelines pertaining to municipal economic growth, he has wasted no time in pursuing those objectives. Only one month at the desk and he has already met with many town and business representatives, attended multiple town council meetings, and launched an initiative that is expected to strengthen the local economy throughout the next 25 years… […]

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Editorial & Opinion

Editorial: Economic development is not a video game

SimCity is a video game introduced to the market in 1989 that has allowed gamers to be urban planners for the past quarter century. You start with a blank piece of undeveloped land, plop down some houses, some commercial lots and a road to connect the two areas, then sit back and watch people move in and begin to travel on the roads… […]

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Local News

Town releases first quarter numbers

By Stephen Dafoe

Morinville – The first quarter numbers are in from all departments within the Town of Morinville. Council received a detailed report and a highlight overview of those numbers at the May 14 Council meeting… […]

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Editorial & Opinion

Editorial: 100 Avenue plan about more than roundabouts

In the midst of the Great Flood of 2013 that threatened to submerge South Glens last week there was an interesting story that bobbed its way to the surface: Back in Morinville’s earlier days it was common for the downtown to flood, a scientific marvel caused by melting snow and rain that lifted the wooden sidewalks and gave Morinville youth an opportunity to paddle those sidewalks up and down the street…. […]

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Morinville News

Morinville’s growth anticipated to continue

By Morinville News Staff

Morinville – Population in Morinville could be between 13,000 and 15,000 by 2044 if growth projection targets remain on track in the coming years. Tim Vrooman, a planner with Morinville’s Planning and Development Department, made a presentation to Council May 22, providing an overview of the community’s makeup and future in economic development terms… […]

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Editorial & Opinion

Letter: Open letter to council and administration re economic development

Dear Editor:

As you are aware, Morinville Town Council voted unanimously at its Nov. 22 meeting to cut $80,000 in proposed economic development spending in half to $40,000. While the Morinville & District Chamber of Commerce is disappointed by this decision in light of how important economic development was as a 2010 campaign issue, we are keeping an open mind pending third and final reading as much can change on the road to a passed budget…. […]