At YQF we are proud to partner with local organizations that work hard to diversify the economy and support long term economic growth in Red Deer and the Central Alberta region.
Doing Business in Central Alberta and Red Deer
Central Alberta Access Prosperity expand/close
Central Alberta Access Prosperity is your one-stop networking and information resource about business and economic development in Central Alberta.
Central Alberta Access Prosperity is a partnership between Red Deer Regional Economic Development (RDRED) and Central Alberta Economic Partnership Ltd. (CAEP) focused on attracting foreign direct investment to our region.
Our economic development services can help you form partnerships, identify business opportunities and promote your products and services.
On the local front, we are here to help Central Alberta businesses of all sizes – small, medium and large – to grow and succeed. Our Business Retention, Expansion and Investment (BRE&I) team collaboratively works with businesses in the region to facilitate growth and connect them to international investment opportunities.
Central Alberta Economic Partnership expand/close
CAEP, the Central Alberta Economic Partnership, is a regional economic development alliance based in Red Deer, Alberta. The first regional economic development alliance in Alberta, we are a model for collaborative community economic development. We are vital to the continued diversification of Central Alberta’s economy. And our work ensures regional success in the global market. Learn more about CAEP and the future of Central Alberta’s economy.
Red Deer & District Chamber of Commerce expand/close
Red Deer’s Largest Business Organization – The Red Deer Chamber of Commerce promotes a thriving economic environment by advocating for Red Deer and area members on issues affecting business in the community. The Red Deer Chamber of Commerce enhances business growth and prosperity through leadership and innovation and with its members help all business succeed by fostering the most vibrant community in Canada.
The Chamber is a powerful unifying voice for business providing extensive information on the city of Red Deer marketplace and export market development, creating networking events for member business wishing to promote their services and products.
Red Deer Downtown Business Association expand/close
In response to a petition by downtown businesses, in late 1983, Red Deer City Council passed a by-law establishing the Red Deer Downtown Business Association (DBA) as a Business Revitalization Zone under the Municipal Government Act. The association is funded primarily by a business tax levy on the net annual rental value of the area occupied by a business located within the BRZ. Everyone benefits, so everyone pays.
A Business Revitalization Zone (BRZ) is a program by which businesses in a specific area can raise and administer funds to improve and promote their downtown. BRZs are administered by a volunteer Board who are elected by members of the BRZ and/or appointed by City Council.
Red Deer College expand/close
For over 45 years, Red Deer College (RDC) has been an integral part of the growth of central Alberta. As a public college, we are proud to not only serve the students who brighten our hallways but also the community members of the region we serve. The College provides numerous opportunities for citizens to get involved in cultural, entertainment and educational pursuits. Our Library Information Common is open to the public, our Arts Centre offers year-round performances and lectures, our Fitness facilities can be enjoyed by all, our
Athletics teams keep our rivals on their toes and our fundraising events are some of the most anticipated in the City.
RDC is proud to be part of the fabric of central Alberta. We welcome you to campus and invite you to enjoy, explore and engage with us. Check out all that we have to offer. When you get here you understand.
Red Deer College has been an integral part of the growth and prosperity of central Alberta. Since 1964, our College has helped improve the business, social, and cultural climate of the city and region. Our campus serves as a stage where Albertans of all ages can learn, develop and grow.
Red Deer County expand/close
Red Deer County is located in one of Canada’s fastest growing and most prosperous regions, only 150 kilometers from both Edmonton and Calgary providing an excellent combination of peaceful country living with all of the amenities of city life. We believe that Red Deer County is a great place to live, work and grow.
Red Deer County’s central location, growing economy and competitive advantage make it a great place to do business. Entrepreneurs of large and small businesses are thriving in Red Deer County.
Within Red Deer County, urban centers have experienced record breaking industrial and residential land sales as well as major commercial expansion and new developments. Red Deer County works cooperatively with the City of Red Deer to ensure and maintain a strong economic tie for the region.
Red Deer County includes 60 residential subdivisions, eight industrial/commercial subdivisions, four towns (Bowden, Innisfail, Penhold, Sylvan Lake), two villages (Elnora and Delburne), two summer villages (Norglenwold and Jarvis Bay) and eight hamlets (Ardley, Evarts, Lousana, Markerville, Dickson, Spruce View, Benalto and Springbrook).
The City of Red Deer expand/close
Located in the heart of Alberta, the Red Deer Region inspires both business and home lifestyle opportunities. From its beautiful parks, abundant green spaces, clear air and water to its multitude of sports, recreation and arts, Red Deer is unsurpassed in its recreation and culture amenities. Known for its safety, leading education system and excellent public health care, life in the Region is diversified and convenient..
The Region has modern and ever-expanding infrastructure. A formidable fibre optics network, good quality roads, modern rail lines, two international airports and one regional airport support Red Deer’s reputation as Central Alberta’s distribution and service centre.
Located midway between Alberta’s two largest cities (Calgary and Edmonton), the Red Deer area continues to be one of the fastest growing markets in Canada. Low operating costs, advanced infrastructure, a young and educated workforce, as well as access to national and international transportation systems and a trade area of more than 300,000 people are just some of the factors that have fueled Red Deer’s strong and diversified economy. Key sectors include oil and gas, petrochemicals, agriculture, tourism and a number of broad-based services.
Local Community Partners
Flying Club expand/close
For over seven decades a Red Deer Flying Club has been active and instrumental in promoting general aviation in Central Alberta. The first Red Deer Aero Club was formed in 1930 with the objective of establishing an airport in the community.
The Red Deer Flying Club is presently active with about 35 members. It has been awarded the Alberta Aviation Council trophy on three occasions in the past few years. This award recognizes clubs which have done the most to promote general aviation and safety. Major projects of the club at this time are: the ongoing support of the Harvard display including landscaping, active participation in CASARA, cooperation with the Red Deer Air Cadets, and monthly meetings with interesting programs focused on safety and entertainment.
Harvard Historical Aviation Society expand/close
The Harvard Historical Aviation Society is a non-profit organization that provides interactive and educational programming to commemorate and celebrate the unique history of the Penhold Military Base.
Tourism Red Deer expand/close
Meet, Compete, Play, Stay… Central
Welcome to Red Deer and Red Deer County, a hub for tourism, culture, entertainment, heritage and business for Greater Red Deer. We invite you to discover and experience all the amenities and hospitality that our community has to offer. Plan your next holiday, weekend getaway, convention or family reunion in Red Deer, where everyday is a new discovery!
Enjoy the warm hospitality of the area’s many hotels, motels, bed and breakfasts, campgrounds and resorts. From elegant Jacuzzi suites in executive hotels to family-oriented lodgings with waterslides and pools, our selection offer visitors a wide range in choices and price. Red Deer’s finest accommodations offer stunning views, easy access to downtown, shopping, recreational facilities and public places. Whether you choose to relax at a hotel, experience the outdoors at a campsite or cabin, we can accommodate you!
If you find yourself in Red Deer for sports, business or pleasure, you can be guaranteed a warm welcome and friendly hospitality.
Red Deer is known for its plentiful sporting facilities, events and its people. With an abundance of passionate volunteers, Red Deerians are here to enhance your active lifestyle experience while you’re here! We are fiercely proud of our community and the quality of life it affords. So, whether travelling with a team, your family, or on your own, you’ll find an inviting, active city ready to entertain and be of service to you.
Westerner Park expand/close
- Hosts more than 1,500 events annually
- Receives 1.5 million visitors
- Central Alberta’s largest convention, trade show, agriculture, entertainment and sports facility
- 320 acres
- 4,200 parking stalls
- Large park and green areas
- Totally integrated exhibit, meeting room, entertainment and convention facilities
- 99-unit full-service RV Park
As a not-for-profit organization, we invest all of our earnings back into the improvement our buildings, grounds and amenities. That, along with the hard work and support of our dedicated staff, volunteers, and sponsors, has allowed us to steadily grow into the premiere facility we are today.
Red Deer Rebels Hockey
Westerner Park proudly hosts 36 home games of Red Deer Rebels WHL hockey action between September and April. Contact the Red Deer Rebels office for detailed game information at 403-341-6000. You can also visit them online at www.reddeerrebels.com.
The Red Deer Rebels entered the Western Hockey League in 1992-93 as an expansion team under the ownership of Terry and Wayne Simpson. The team set a Western Hockey League record for wins by an expansion club with 31 and qualified for the post season.
The Rebels won their first playoff series in 1996 with a 4 games to 2 series victory over the Swift Current Broncos.
The team was purchased by Brent Sutter in May of 1999. He guided the Rebels to a Memorial Cup Championship in 2001, as well as winning the Eastern Conference Championships again in 2002 and 2003. From 2001 to 2003, there were 14 players from the Red Deer Rebels taken in the National Hockey League Entry Draft, including five players taken in the first round.
Largest farming and Agriculture trade show in Canada. This show is full of the latest in equipment, accessories, and much more. Red Deer’s Agri-Trade fair and exposition is defined as the “gathering place for the farming community,”
The ENMAX Centrium, completed in 1991, is a landmark of central Alberta. This multi-use facility accommodates concerts, hockey, motor sports, ice shows, major curling events, circuses, boxing, rodeos, wrestling, trade shows, marching band competitions, and conventions, all of which find a comfortable fit.
Recognizing the vast variety of events, seating configurations range from 2,000 to 6,828. Every show can have that “full house” atmosphere as floor-to-ceiling divider curtains mask off the unused portions of seating.
The most up-to-date lighting, communications, and audio/visual systems have been incorporated into the ENMAX Centrium’s design. A great deal of emphasis was placed on acoustics, so visitors can expect to hear concert-sound quality.