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On Oct. 17, the team at the South Grow Re­gional Ini­tia­tive, a lo­cal re­gional eco­nomic de­vel­op­ment al­liance of twenty-six com­mu­ni­ties, an­nounced a new part­ner project to make eco­nomic data and tools pub­licly avail­able to the re­gion.

In part­ner­ship with the Saskatchewan-based com­pany Town­fo­lio, the deal will es­tab­lish pub­licly avail­able pro­files for com­mu­ni­ties in the re­gion that will in­clude in-depth eco­nomic data and an­a­lyt­i­cal tools.

“By part­ner­ing with Town­fo­lio to pro­vide eco­nomic data for our com­mu­ni­ties, we are ad­ding a pow­er­ful new tool that will help us at­tract busi­nesses and in­vest­ment. Ev­ery SouthGrow com­mu­nity is go­ing to have th­ese world-class mar­ket data tools to use. We have a lot to of­fer and now we can share that,” Jim Wil­lett, Deputy Mayor of the Vil­lage of Coutts, and Chair­per­son of SouthGrow stated.

On the new part­ner­ship be­tween his com­pany and the al­liance of com­mu­ni­ties, Town­fo­lio CTO Davie Lee ex­plained: “It can be re­ally dif­fi­cult for in­di­vid­u­als or busi­nesses to find ac­cu­rate eco­nomic data for com­mu­ni­ties in Canada. Many of th­ese com­mu­ni­ties sim­ply do not have the time or bud­get to man­age their pub­lic data, and find it dif­fi­cult to pro­mote their them­selves to at­tract busi­nesses to in­vest. This part­ner­ship will em­power SouthGrow’s com­mu­ni­ties to show-off the value their com­mu­ni­ties to site se­lec­tors look­ing to in­vest in the re­gion.”

Ac­cord­ing to the team at SouthGrow, there is an amount of op­por­tu­nity for south­ern Al­berta. An eco­nomic pow­er­house in food pro­duc­tion, as well as value-added food pro­cess­ing, the re­gion ben­e­fits from fer­tile soil and a sta­ble en­vi­ron­ment. Con­sid­er­ing that the United Na­tions has es­ti­mated the global de­mand for food with in­crease sev­enty per­cent by 2050, south­ern Al­berta is poised to ben­e­fit, and SouthGrow wants the world to know that our re­gion is open for busi­ness.

Based in Saska­toon, Sask. and launched in 2015 by young Cana­dian en­trepreneurs Lee and Ry­ley Iver­son, Town­fo­lio is a trusted com­mu­nity pro­file net­work used by mu­nic­i­pal­i­ties and busi­nesses to ac­cess hard-to-find pub­lic data and dis­cover lo­cal op­por­tu­ni­ties across the coun­try. Af­ter in­ter­view­ing dozens of eco­nomic de­vel­op­ers across the coun­try and learn­ing that com­mu­ni­ties need help man­ag­ing their pub­lic data to prop­erly pro­mote their com­mu­ni­ties for in­vest­ment, the team launched a soft­ware prod­uct to ag­gre­gate and vi­su­al­ize pub­lic data, au­tomat­ing the com­mu­nity pro­file.

In ad­di­tion, the team at the SouthGrow Re­gional Ini­tia­tive, a lo­cal re­gional eco­nomic de­vel­op­ment al­liance of twenty-six mu­nic­i­pal­i­ties, an­nounced a new part­ner­pro­ject to pro­vide grant writ­ing ser­vices for lo­cal com­mu­ni­ties. In part­ner­ship with Fac­tor 5, a grant writ­ing con­sul­tancy, the deal will pro­vide a monthly re­port of grant op­por­tu­ni­ties avail­able to mu­nic­i­pal­i­ties, as well as grant writ­ing and project de­sign ser­vices at a dis­counted rate.

“For many of our com­mu­ni­ties, grant op­por­tu­ni­ties rep­re­sent an im­por­tant source of fi­nan­cial as­sis­tance to pro­mote com­mu­nity growth... Yes, from an eco­nomic per­spec­tive, but also from a so­cial per­spec­tive. We want our com­mu­ni­ties to grow and thrive so we re­main an at­trac­tive place to live and do busi­ness. We want our chil­dren to see south­ern Al­berta for ev­ery­thing it has to of­fer.”

Photo by Matthew Lieben­berg

Trace Nick­ol­son of Taber wres­tles with a steer dur­ing the fi­nal com­pe­ti­tion round, Oct. 20 of the Cana­dian Cowboys As­so­ci­a­tion cham­pi­onship fi­nals in Swift Cur­rent at the In­no­va­tion Credit Union iPlex. For on how the south­west did,

Pho­tos by Matthew Lieben­berg

SOUTH­WEST ALTA REP­RE­SENTED WELL: The 2018 Cana­dian Cowboys As­so­ci­a­tion (CCA) Fi­nals Rodeo was held in Swift Cur­rent for the third time as part of a five-year agree­ment. The top 12 con­tes­tants com­peted in seven events dur­ing five per­for­mances over four days at the In­no­va­tion Credit Union iPlex, Oct. 17-20. Below are the 2018 CCA cham­pi­ons in the dif­fer­ent events:Bare­back rid­ing – Monty Koop­man (Con­sul, Saskatchewan); Team rop­ing – Ian Box and Con­nor Box (Corn­ing, Saskatchewan); Sad­dle bronc rid­ing – Cole­man Watt (Hardisty, Al­berta); Steer wrestling – Scott Sig­fusson (David­son, Saskatchewan); Ladies bar­rel rac­ing – Jor­dan Fitzhenry (Coal­dale, Al­berta); Tie down rop­ing – Kevin Dun­ham (Souris, Man­i­toba); Bull rid­ing – Chanse Switzer (Hazen­more, Saskatchewan).Above: Lane Fer­gu­son of Stir­ling, held on for the re­quired eight sec­onds in the fi­nal bare­back round, Oct. 20.Right: Bull rider Ron Hunt of Nan­ton, is bucked off the bull Prairie War Paint dur­ing the fi­nal round of the com­pe­ti­tion. Only three bull riders were able to score points with eight-sec­ond rides dur­ing the fi­nal round of the event, Oct. 20.

The 2018 CCA ladies bar­rel rac­ing cham­pion Jor­dan Fitzhenry of Coal­dale, scored the fastest time of 12.60 sec­onds dur­ing the fi­nal round on Satur­day evening, Oct. 20.

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