Welcome from our CEO
At Economic Development Lethbridge, we make it our business to know about the characteristics and benefits that make our city unique. And, with the help of our partners, we work on initiatives to promote Lethbridge as an excellent place to live, work, visit, invest and do business.
Back in 2006, our Board of Director’s established a long term-goal to ensure that Lethbridge is recognized and respected as a vital player in the provincial and national marketplace. We’ve made strides on this through undertakings like the ‘You Belong Here’ labour force initiative, Team Lethbridge and the Mind Blowing Facts campaign. Most recently we launched the Success in Lethbridge campaign which is intended to elevate awareness about the quality and diversity of businesses that are succeeding and having an impact in this region.
I appreciate the dedication of the City of Lethbridge, our post-secondary institutions, Team Lethbridge and our many other partners in committing to the quality partnerships and initiatives that promote Lethbridge as a great community. This support makes a difference in our ability to market Lethbridge as a strong and stable environment in which to do business.
A recent Conference Board of Canada Mid-Sized Cities report indicates that since 2005 Lethbridge gained 8,800 jobs; one of only two cities in the study that experienced 3% growth per year on average or 20% growth over that period. Total GDP in Lethbridge also grew by $487 million, with a relatively stable trend throughout. We often talk about Lethbridge as a stable and diverse market and now we have the data as well as local examples that support this claim.
The Conference Board of Canada also noted the healthy growth among information and cultural industries in our city, which can be linked to the strong presence of two post-secondary institutions as well as the emergence of Lethbridge as a significant high-tech presence in Alberta. It is also through the creation of tecconnect – An Alberta centre for new commerce that we have made strides towards the attraction of technology investment in this region and been recognized as one of the top three places in Western Canada for investment in the high-tech sector. This, combined with recognition as the ninth most entrepreneurial city in Canada and the fourth best mid-sized city in which to live, adds to the opportunity for growth in the local knowledge economy.
As you’ll see on our website, there are many reasons why Lethbridge is a great choice. I invite you to explore our city and all that it has to offer. With continued support from our Board of Directors, partners and the community, we look forward to a bright future full of balanced growth and prosperity for all.
Cheryl Dick, APR, MBA
Chief Executive Officer
Economic Development Lethbridge