Strathcona County is a thriving commuity for business and industry. As the third-largest municipality in Alberta, our region encompasses the urban centre of Sherwood Park, eight smaller hamlets, as well as several rural communities. With a robust business commuity, our region offers many strategic business advantages.
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- Part of a robust local and regional economy with over 7,900 businesses and growing each year. These range from large corporations to independent, home-based businesses.
- Access to a market area of 1.16 million people in Alberta's Capital Region.
- Over 500,000 square feet of commercial space available and in development.
- $13 billion in major projects announced or in construction.
- The Sherwood Park & District Chamber of Commerce has over 1,000 members, and is the third-largest business chamber in Alberta.
- One of the founding members of Alberta's Industrial Heartland, home to 75 per cent of refining in Western Canada.
- Home to over 700 farms and 85,000 hectares of agricultural land, positioned for agri-food processing and agri-tourism.
- Strathcona County's population is 92,490 in total (64,733 in Sherwood Park, 27,757 in rural areas.
- This is a 12.1 per cent increase over the past five years, compared to 5.9 per cent for the Canadian average.
- One of the highest disposal incomes in Alberta.
Source: 2011 Federal Census. (For more information, see our news release).
- Centrally-located in Alberta's Capital Region, immediately to the east of the City of Edmonton
- Less than 30 minutes from the Edmonton International Airport and only 20 minutes from downtown Edmonton
- Connected by major road networks such as the Trans-Canada Yellowhead Highway (Highway 16) and Anthony Henday Drive (Highway 216)
- Rail service by both CN and Canadian Pacific
- Strathcona County provides extensive transit services, both local and commuter trips
Labour force and education
- Highly productive labour force, with over 55.3% of residents over the age of 15 with some post-secondary education.
- Strong Professional, Scientific and Technical Services (PSTS) sectors. There ae over 1,380 PSTS businesses in Strathcona County, or aproximately 18% of th locl economy.
- Best place in Canada for jobs (Source: MoneySense Magazine, 2012).
- Cost-competitiveness: no business tax, no licensing fee.
- Low provincial and corporate taxes.
Quality of life
- Centre in the Park (CITP) is a vibrant, mixed-use downtown area in Sherwood Park.
- CITP is home a state of the art Community Centre, the Strathcona Public Library, Gallery@501 (art gallery), Festival Place (performing arts centre), and Broadmoor Lake park.
- Over 10 major recreation facilities are located throughout Strathcona County including Millennium Place, Broadmoor Golf Course, Strathcona Wilderness Centre, Ardrossan Recreation Complex, and many others.
Last updated: Tuesday, April 23, 2013
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