The Minister of Economic Development and Trade, Honorable Deron Bilous, is in Stony Plain making a funding announcement. The Town was chosen for a $40,000 dollar grant for its Old Town South Area Redevelopment Plan.
Mayor William Choy says, “On behalf of Residents, Council, and Administration of the Town, I’d like to express our great appreciation Stony Plain was chosen for the funding by the Community & Regional Economic Support Program.” Choy goes on to say, “This funding will support the Old Town South Area Redevelopment Plan. This document will develop a vision and comprehensive planning framework, urban design guidelines and supportive strategies.”
Deron Bilous, Minister of Economic Development and Trade says, “When rural Alberta does well, all of Alberta does well. By supporting initiatives municipal leaders know will work best in their communities, we are helping them to grow and diversify local economies. That’s why we are providing them this support as we work together to make life better for Albertans.”
Historic, downtown Stony Plain has approximately 70 businesses and a mix of single-family homes, apartments and condominiums, schools, playgrounds and churches; the anchor of the southern edge of our downtown.
The majority of the commercial district is centred on 50th Street, from 54 Avenue to 49 Avenue. This business corridor, just two blocks east of Highway 779, features locally owned, small-town restaurants, a grocery and hardware store, boutiques, salons, financial institutions and offices for a variety of commercial, professional and government service providers.
“Over the years, as homes, schools, parks, community and recreational facilities, and businesses were developed throughout the town; the downtown area emerged as a place where many significant cultural events take place. The majority of the buildings and streets in the downtown area are more than 50-years old, and targeted re- investment is needed to maintain the downtown as a cultural and commercial centre for future generations,” says Choy.
Brenda Otto, Manager of Strategic Services says, “Strengthening the vibrancy of downtown Stony Plain continues to be a goal of the Town. The Old Town South Area Redevelopment Plan has been identified as a key strategic priority project to support economic opportunity. The goal is to ensure the long term prosperity and sustainability of the region through more coordinated planning of growth.” Otto goes on to say, “The Town will be positioned to actively support and encourage small and medium-sized enterprises that are seeking a destination to launch or expand that offers a well-established community network.”
Last year, the government of Alberta launched the two-year Community and Regional Economic Support program, known as CARES, to help communities with common interests but limited resources tackle economic development projects that they might not be able to on their own. The first intake of the program was a great success, with announcements on successful projects taking place province-wide since February of this year. Through the first intake, 62 projects were approved for a total of more than $4.7 million in grant funding, and we are continuing to carry this momentum forward. The second application intake ran from April 1 to May 31, and just like the first intake, it received significant interest.
This project is among many across the province receiving support through the second intake of the program. More information on other successful projects will be released in the coming weeks.
The third intake for the program is now open and will run until November 30.
You can learn more by visiting www.jobsplan.alberta.ca.
For more information, contact:
Stephanie Barsby Boisvert
Corporate Communications Officer
Town of Stony Plain
Townof Stony Plain