The Brooks Region's economic development team is enthusiasitc about assisting businesses and investors. We're constantly coming up with new ideas to help our current businesses, get businesses started and also attract new development. Those ideas include researching and conducting studies, marketing our current assets and offering programs to our local entrepreneurs. Here's a list of those endeavours:

NewGrow

NewGrow is a program aimed at supporting new and existing businesses in the Brooks Region. Providing funding will break down barriers and stimulate business growth in our region, hopefully leading towards better business retention and expansion.

The NewGrow program gives community entrepreneurs and innovators the opportunity to start up or expand a business or create a new product, service or invention through a business plan and public pitch competition.  All participants who take part in NewGrow will have a chance to receive an award package including up to $10,000 in funding plus valuable business services, promotions and mentorship.

NOTE:  PARTICIPATION IN NEWGROW DOES NOT ASSURE ANY AWARD OF CASH, GRANTS OR MENTORSHIP

You can propose any type of business, new product/service or business expansion/enhancement, as long as it meets a few simple requirements as listed in the NewGrow Program Parameters. 

The first pitch competition took place in December of 2018 and there are plans to hold another competition in 2019! Be sure to watch for that announcement!

Energy from Waste Feasibility Study

Brooks Region (formerly Newell) Energy from Waste Feasibility Study

The purpose of this study was to determine the feasibility of an Energy-From-Waste (EFW) Waste Management Processing Facility in the Brooks (Newell) Region that would serve the County of Newell, City of Brooks, Town of Bassano and the Villages of Duchess and Rosemary.  

The study was led by the Palliser Economic Partnership Ltd. and Newell Region Economic Development.

An EFW Waste Management Processing Facility would serve to attract external investment, along with associated industries, and create jobs in the region.  Such a facility would also provide generated heat / energy and marketable by-products to generate revenues.

In the eventuality that the results / recommendations of this feasibility study are affirmative to the development of infrastructure, regional benefits could include:

  • Investment in new infrastructure, either municipally or privately owned;
  • New EFW Waste Processing facility constructed in the region;
  • Waste heat/energy from new processing facility could be used to incent greenhouse, or other mutually beneficial operations on site; and,
  • Investment by CP Rail in rail spur line enhancements / extensions and a rail tie storage yard.

Investment & Attraction Study

Tourism Operator Business Plans

Annually, approximately 100,000 tourists visit Dinosaur Provincial Park, which is located within the County of Newell and is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Tourists come to camp and experience the naturally occurring beauty, but there is a lack of other tourist destinations and tourism opportunities to expand or enhance their experience.

The County is also home to Lake Newell, a large man-made reservoir located 14 kilometres south of the City of Brooks. Travel Alberta refers to the lake as “one of Alberta’s best kept secrets - Southern Alberta’s largest and warmest lake. Perfect for canoeing, sailing, fishing, swimming, etc.”

To best leverage the region’s tourism assets and recognizing the need for more adventure tourism opportunities, the Newell Region embarked on something new; the creation of business plans for tourism operators. These plans create opportunities for investors and entrepreneurs to capitalize on existing and popular tourist destinations.

Outcomes for the project included;

  1. Increasing support for entrepreneurs;
  2. Improving the local business environment;
  3. Enhancing support for industries that provide job diversification to our region;
  4. Increasing the ability to attract visitors, which aids in the promotion of rural Alberta;
  5. Job creation; and,
  6. Enhancing collaborative inter-relationships in the Newell Region.

This project was made possible through the province of Alberta’s Community and Regional Economic Support (CARES) grant program.

Click here to view the full information pamphlet

Business Retention & Expansion Survey

Business Retention & Expansion Survey 2018

The Brooks Region's economic development team partnered with Community Futures Entre-Corp and the Brooks & District Chamber of Commerce in completing a Business Retention and Expansion (BRE) survey. In 2018, we focused specifically on the retail and food & beverage sector.

The first phase of the BRE survey focused on resident feedback and the second phase focused on business feedback. Our team collected 420 completed surveys from residents and 51 business surveys/interviews in the second phase. These interviews helped us identify, among other things, the business needs, concerns and opportunities in the region.

Highlights from Phase 1 and 2

Second Phase: Business Survey