Here to Support Business and Economic Development

Grande Prairie’s diverse economy, strategic location, and young vibrant workforce make the community the ideal place to do business.

The Economic Development team works with companies, potential investors, and various stakeholders to showcase the many benefits of relocating or growing your business in Grande Prairie.

Our team builds on the strength of our local economy by supporting the retention and expansion of existing businesses, as well as attracting new businesses and investment opportunities that continue to diversify our economy. Contact us today to find out how we can support your business.

Our Team

Rebecca Leigh - Manager, Economic Development

In her role, Rebecca oversees business investment attraction as well as business retention & expansion initiatives. With a specialty in investment attraction, she actively works with potential businesses to identify local investment opportunities by illuminating economic trends and identifying economic drivers within the region. Through her work, Rebecca is always marketing the City of Grande Prairie as a great place to live, work, and invest.

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Chad Sheldon - Economic Development Officer

Chad is focused on industrial park development and is responsible for growing existing business, marketing investment opportunities, attracting new business and assisting with site selection. With extensive experience across Municipal economic development, private sector senior management, business ownership and leading community organizations, Chad is a relationship builder with a knack for connecting people, ideas and opportunities. Combining Chad’s “always open for business” attitude and strong client service focus simplifies the path ahead for you. 

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Cindy Paton - Business Retention & Expansion Coordinator

Cindy is here to learn more about your business. Having lived in Grande Prairie for many years she is a great resource to connect you with the right people to better understand possible barriers to growth or operations. Cindy is your go-to when it comes to the Downtown Incentives Grant, business development, retention and expansion questions or concerns. 

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Lauren Levay - Economic Development Officer

With a diverse background in economic development, marketing, events, and journalism, Lauren is responsible for the department’s commercial investment attraction portfolio. From market analysis and site selection to community capacity building and facilitating constructive relationships, Lauren is available to support your business needs and goals. Contact her today to learn more about the Grande Prairie advantage.

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Monthly Economic Newsletter

Economic Development publishes a monthly newsletter where we highlight economic indicators and short news stories on major announcements and developments that may impact the local economy. Subscribe here, or view archived issues here.


Connect in Confidence

The City wants to facilitate healthy and meaningful two-way communication and understanding between the City of Grande Prairie, the local business community and investors. Our staff exercise the highest degree of discretion. You can discuss your investment plans with us in confidence, knowing that the details will remain confidential.