What is STEP?
The St. Paul/Elk Point Economic Development Alliance is headed by committee that was formed to explore a regional economic development partnership. It is comprised of the County of St. Paul. Town of St. Paul, Town of Elk Point, and Summer Village of Horseshoe Bay in partnership with the St. Paul & District Chamber of Commerce.
What is STEP’s purpose?
STEP is managing three economic development and workforce development projects in 2020. These projects will help STEP hire and manage a contracted Regional Economic Development Officer (EDO) in 2021. If the regional economic development partnership managed by the EDO is deemed successful, STEP will develop a long-term operation strategy for 2022 and beyond.
How is STEP funded?
STEP is funded through two Government of Alberta grant programs: The Alberta Community Partnership program and the Labour Market Partnership (LMP). These programs have significantly reduced the need for immediate municipal funding, allowing STEP to explore the viability and potential of this regional economy development partnership while putting very little onus on municipal taxpayers.