Week of Apr 20 – Apr 24, 2015
- The Agriculture Financial Services Corp., an Alberta Crown corporation that provides insurance to farmers and rural businesses, is closing nine offices across the province to reduce costs. Additionally, the Airdrie and Calgary offices are being consolidated into one branch in Balzac.
- Camex Equipment Sales and Rentals in Nisku are building a new sales and service centre, despite recent staff reductions and a slowdown in the energy sector. The company expects new business opportunities to arise from reduced capital expenditures by the energy sector.
- Genesis Place Recreation Centre in Airdrie is slated for approximately $2M in renovations from August to October, 2015. The work involves re-surfacing and new tiles, necessitating a total closure of the indoor pool.
- In an effort to ease summertime traffic congestion, the Town of Banff is increasing the frequency of public bus service to Sulphur Mountain. The project is slated to run from late June to early September 2015.
- The Municipal District of Bonnyville has passed a $110M budget for 2015, with 44% of the funds dedicated to road construction and maintenance. Fire hall upgrades and construction of a new public safety building are also planned.
- The Government of Alberta has committed $43M for improvements to a section of Highway 28 beginning in the summer of 2015 and ending in 2016
- Beginning on May 9th 2015, Red Arrow Motorcoach is expanding its e-bus service to include Edmonton International Airport. The service will run four trips daily, seven days a week.
- The University of Calgary has announced a freeze on all executive salaries due to funding cutbacks. The university is also dipping into its reserves to balance its budget.
- Krawford Construction is scheduled to start work on a $9.38M renovation project at St. John Paul II Catholic Schools in Stony Plain. The expansion, consisting of new classrooms and a gym, is expected to be complete by the fall of 2015.
- The Town of Bonnyville has awarded a $5.7M contract for road construction to NuEdge Contracting. The project has an estimated three-month duration for completion.
- Portage College has announced that it is withdrawing from its campus in Bonnyville, effective September 30, 2015. The institution scaled back its courses in 2013 and has since only offered a few welding and engineering classes in the town.
- SMG Canada, a leader in venue management, is currently recruiting for the Medicine Hat Event Centre, scheduled to open in August 2015. The company is hiring casual employees for building operations, food and beverage, as well as guest services.
- The City of Grande Prairie is exploring alternatives for the Leisure Centre renovation project after a $4M budget shortfall was identified. The project was scheduled for completion by 2017.
- Absolute Completion Technologies, a Calgary-based manufacturer, has recently launched an automated robotics and production cell at its Edmonton facility. Robots complete the work of five employees and reduce manufacturing times by up to 50%.
- BluEarth Renewables is planning to start construction in May 2015 on its $80M Bull Creek Wind Project near Provost. A scaled down version of the original project was recently approved by the Alberta Utilities Commission.
- The Town of Banff is clamping down on illegal vacation property rentals and encouraging owners to consider longer- term rentals for full-time employees instead. There is a zero-vacancy rate for residents and seasonal workers in Banff.