Economic Development provides a variety of services to support business attraction, relocation, start-up and expansion, tourism, innovation and research, agriculture and rural development throughout the county. With an accessible location in the Calgary Metropolitan Area, Rocky View County is an outstanding place to visit, live and do business.
A wide range of locations are currently available for business and industrial development in the County. Following are a few examples of successful business ventures and development areas with room for expansion.
CN Logistics Centre at Conrich
$200 million investment
CN Rail’s Calgary Logistics Park is located in Conrich, just northeast of Calgary and features a 680 acre transportation and logistics hub that will receive and ship products from around the world.
Expected to open in 2013, the CN Logistics Park represents a $200 million investment in Rocky View County by CN Rail. The site offers exceptional land value, competitive property taxes and unmatched proximity to the Region’s major highways including the Calgary Ring Road, McKnight Boulevard, the QE2 Highway and the Trans-Canada No.1 Highway.
There are a number of business parks in the Balzac area with room to grow. These include Bentall-Kennedy’s Nose Creek Business Park, the Hopewell Business Park, and industrial developments in the Wagon Wheel Business Park and High Plains Industrial park. The United Horsemen of Alberta and Ivanhoe Cambridge are also actively developing world-class properties in the Balzac area.
$800 million investment
CrossIron Mills, a 1.3 million square foot regional shopping complex, is the first fully enclosed shopping centre to be built in Western Canada in 20 years. With over 200 stores, great restaurants, spacious parking and an entertainment district, CrossIron Mills represents the best in destination shopping for visitors and locals alike.
This award-winning facility won praise for its innovative water conservation efforts which include (among other things) the use of the 1.3 million square foot roof to "harvest" rainwater for use in irrigation. The high-tech white membrane roof also insulates against summer heat and the winter cold. CrossIron Mills represents a truly unique approach to retail with the perfect blend of economic growth and environmental sensitivity.
Walmart Food Distribution Centre
$115 million investment
Rocky View County won praise for Walmart’s Food Distribution Centre in Balzac. This $115 million dollar warehouse was opened in November of 2010, and is one of Canada's largest refrigerated buildings. It is one of the most environmentally friendly warehouses in the world and uses solar thermal energy, advanced cooling technology, super-efficient insulation and wind power.
All of the 70 plus vehicles in the warehouse are powered by hydrogen fuel cells. These green innovations make it 60 per cent more energy efficient than traditional warehouses. This food distribution centre now supplies food to over 100 Walmart Supercenters, from Manitoba to British Columbia.
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