The Alberta government has signed a memorandum of understanding with the Tri-Municipal Industrial Partnership, or TMIP, to coordinate the development of a new eco-industrial area in Greenview, south of Grande Prairie.
According to a press release issued by the Kenney government, the Greenview site will be a global energy and petrochemical manufacturing hub that will “support jobs, attract international investment and showcase innovation in the region.”
Jason Nixon, Minister of Environment and Parks says “This collaboration presents an exciting opportunity to tap into the abundance of talent and potential this region has to offer while restoring investor confidence.”
The MOU sets the groundwork for future decisions, discussions and planning by the TMIP.
The area is already equipped with rail, road and pipeline infrastructure. The Kenney government says the focus of the project will be to attract large-scale, heavy industrial projects that use cutting edge technologies and employ environmentally conscious practices.
“The MD of Greenview and our TMIP partners are taking another collective step forward in building a strong, sustainable future for our residents and Albertans beyond our municipal boundaries,” said Dale Smith, reeve of the Municipal District of Greenview and chair of the TMIP.The Tri-Municipal Industrial Partnership worked to prepare an Area Structure Plan in an effort to guild industrial development in the new eco-industrial area. Public, industry, Indigenous input along with engagement from financial institutions, utility providers and municipal and provincial governments helped shape the plan.
“This best-practice undertaking balances and respects Indigenous, environmental and historical concerns,” said Leanne Beaupre, reeve, County of Grande Prairie. “It also contributes to diversifying Alberta’s petrochemical extraction economy into manufacturing.”The TMIP was formed in 2017 by the Municipal District of Greenview, the County of Grande Prairie and the City of Grande Prairie.