EMRER Working Group final report: Minister Jean
Minister of Jobs, Economy and Northern Development Brian Jean issued the following statement on the release of the Edmonton Metro Region Economic Recovery (EMRER) Working Group final report:
“Alberta’s government is committed to working closely with our partners across the Edmonton Metropolitan Region to ensure it remains a prosperous, vibrant and diverse place for businesses and community members to succeed for years to come.
“After a number of challenging years due to the pandemic and global economic downturn, we are seeing this hard work pay off, as more companies are choosing the Edmonton region as a growing hub for hydrogen, petrochemicals and technology.
“I would like to thank chair Searle Turton, MLA for Spruce Grove-Stony Plain, and members of the EMRER Working Group for their time and dedication to developing thoughtful advice and recommendations on how the government can better support the region in creating the best business environments to grow and attract investment.
“The recommendations in the final report will help inform policies and programs that support further economic growth and diversification. In fact, I am pleased to report that the government is already acting on many of the recommendations, such as investing in MacEwan University’s new School of Business, piloting a project to reduce red tape and attract more investment to Alberta’s Industrial Heartland, and growing Alberta’s clean hydrogen sector through the Alberta Petrochemical Incentive Program.
“While we know there is still much more work ahead, the Renewed Alberta Advantage is creating optimism and excitement throughout the Edmonton metro area. With our business-friendly environment, highly skilled workforce and leading-edge companies bringing innovation into our capital region, we are building momentum to make sure residents of Edmonton and surrounding communities can build rewarding careers and pursue new opportunities now and in the future.”