The Town of Whitecourt has appointed a consulting firm to conduct a feasibility study for a proposed industrial business park.
In partnership with Woodlands County, the Town was awarded a $125,000 Alberta Community Partnership (ACP) Grant in 2018 for a Regional Business Park Feasibility Study. The study would give both communities essential information necessary to meet the needs of current and future industry in the area and provide direction in regards to possible locations for a future business park.
Upon receiving the grant, the Town and County put out a Request for Proposals (RFP) in June 2019 for potential consulting firms to come forward. After running through a checklist of criteria, one firm was chosen that met the standards and came in under the $125,000 budget. At their council meeting on Monday, Town Council awarded the feasibility study to B&A Planning Group in partnership with Nichols Applied Management and McElhanney for a total of $124,353, to come from the grant.
Whitecourt Mayor Maryann Chichak says hiring the consultants is the first step in the planning process.
The idea for an industrial business park in the area was first proposed over two years ago. The consultant will look at land in the Town and County to see where the site would be best suited, as well as land space and what types of industry would be able to invest in the park and the types of services needed.
The consultants are expected to give a report on their findings and recommendations to both Councils by March 2020.