The Village of Empress

is nestled between the Red Deer River and the South Saskatchewan River, at the eastern edge of Alberta. There is a wild feel to this quaint village surrounded by expansive farms and ranches, pronghorns, coyotes and so many different species of birds. The recreation opportunities for adventurers and star-gazers are boundless. Come and see for yourself!

Business Resources


Palliser Economic Partnership

Vision: Creative and diverse communities growing together in Southeast Alberta.

Mission: To facilitate regional cooperation to position Southeast Alberta as an ideal location for business investment.

Mandate: To assist communities in regional projects and economic development activities that cannot be completed by communities on their own.


Eastern Alberta Trade Corridor

The Eastern Alberta Trade Corridor (EATC) is a joint initiative that advances the economy in Eastern Alberta and abroad through collaborative investment, marketing and diversification.  The EATC is comprised of three regions in Eastern Alberta (Canada’s Energy Province), and works in association with the North American Ports to Plains Corridor linking the United States, Canada and Mexico.

Vision: The Eastern Alberta Trade Corridor is a significant participant in the global economy.

Mission: To lead collaborative investment, marketing and diversification efforts for Eastern Alberta.


The Return to Rural Project

A Rural development initiative focused on engaging, attracting and retaining youth, serving the communities of the Special Areas and MD of Acadia No.34 region.  Our strategy: Leverage the internet, social media and advances in communication technology to connect, engage and align young people with the abundant opportunities now available in Rural Alberta’s Special Areas.

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