What is the Western Economic Corridor?
The Western Economic Corridor (WEC) is an investment attraction and job creation initiative, initiated by County Council and led by Brazeau County
- It leverages a robust low-tax, low-regulatory environment in the County to advance economic growth in a manner conducive to both the environment and economy
- It supports the decarbonization of Alberta's oil and gas, forestry, and agricultural sectors through emerging technologies, catalyzing investment attraction and job creation
- The WEC is not “owned” by a single person or organization – it represents a collaborative effort by all stakeholders, including county employees, but is led by Brazeau County
Why Brazeau County?
In Brazeau County, we have:
- A robust low-tax, low-regulatory environment
- Infrastructure to provide regional market access
- Proximity to the Edmonton International Airport
- Situated along a pre-existing high-wide-load corridor route – Highways 22, 621, and 753
- A pre-existing industrial base, including oil and gas, agriculture, and forestry
- A supportive County Council and competent administration
This benefits the County by:
- Attracting significant investments and advancing economic growth in a manner conducive to both the environment and the economy
- It facilitates relationship building and influence with other levels of government to enhance advocacy efforts for services like health care, policing, road construction, rural broadband, etc.
- The initiative also facilitates strategic partnership opportunities between cleantech investors and local industries as they strive to decarbonize operations, enhancing regional job creation