Alberta's Industrial Heartland saw a number of milestone achievements and exciting announcements in 2017.
2017 was the year of momentum as the economy began to show signs of recovering.
"2017 was an exciting year for the Industrial Heartland," said Mark Plamondon, executive director of Alberta's Industrial Heartland Association "We've seen tremendous industrial development and tremendous potential for additional developments for the benefit of residents and all Albertans."
Among the industrial players celebrating big milestones was North West Refining's (NWR) Sturgeon Refinery.
"They've been building that multi-billion dollar facility for a number of years, seeing significant economic development in the region as a result, and now they're celebrating their first diesel production," explained Plamondon. "That's great news for the Industrial Heartland."
Another was Inter Pipeline's announcement that their board authorized construction of the $4 billion Heartland Petrochemical Complex.
Canada Kuwait Petrochemical Corporation could also build in the Heartland, after the province awarded them $300 million in royalty grants as part of the Economic Diversification Program.
"The provincial government is starting to recognize the importance of being involved in major industrial development and I think we are starting to see improved competitiveness in Alberta, or at least a recognition of how important it is for government to be involved to ensure that Alberta remains a competitive place to do business."
This is good news as the Heartland competes with the United States, particularly with the Gulf Coast and Virginia.
The association also named Fort Saskatchewan mayor Gale Katchur as board chair and welcomed newly elected Sturgeon County mayor Alanna Hnatiw to the board.