Strategic Focus Areas

In March 2016, the Joint Services Committee created five focus areas to help sustain and create economic growth in the Newell Region. Below, is a list of those five areas, along with special projects that have been developed through each initiative. Fore more information on the strategic focus areas, or for anything economic development related, please call 403-362-3333.


The Newell Region's economic development team is here to help you get your business started! We can help with your planning and preparation, from business licensing and development planning, to market research resources and promotional strategies. Your business success is important to us!
Special Projects: Partnering with Community Futures, Interest Free Loans, Streamlining Municipal Business Process, Providing Business Start-up Information such as Links to Grants/Resources/Checklists/Networks.

Business Retention and Expansion

Ready to take your business to the next level? We can help by identifying new sites or larger facilities and connecting you with strategic partners. Perhaps you simply want to brainstorm on ways you can grow your existing business. We’ll connect you with the information and resources you need to grow and prosper.
Special Projects: Conducting a Business Survey and Action Plan, Creating a local shopping campaign called Newell Proud.

Investment Readiness and Attraction

That old real estate adage, “Location, location, location” rings true for business site selection. Finding the right place for your business can mean the difference between success and failure. We work with entrepreneurs, developers and site selectors to identify and prioritize potential business locations in the Newell Region.

The economic development office can help you explore opportunities to export your product or service. Importing can be an effective way to grow your business or it can be the basis for starting a business. Contact our office to find out more about rewards and challenges of importing.
Special Projects: Conducting a Newell Regional Investment Attraction Study and Marketing Strategy (Click here to download PDF). 


Our goal is to think regionally. This includes creating a brand or image that demonstrates our unique regional community partnerships. We are working thoroughly to make sure that our image is consistent and will draw newcomers and businesses to our region.

Marketing and Promotions

Our team is here to provide you with the necessary information about our region so that you can start or grow your business. We also work closely with our partners to keep the region aware of upcoming events and business opportunities. Special publications have been created to promote our Region and the wonderful quality of life our communities have to offer in the County of Newell.
Special Projects: Creating Professional Marketing Profiles such as Regional Profile, Economic Profile, Events/Conferences Profile and Regional Maps.