Things are looking pretty good in the area.
That's according to MP Garnett Genuis at the Fort Saskatchewan Chamber of Commerce Trade Show over the weekend (Apr.20-22).
"Despite some political challenges, we are very optimistic about the future of the area," said Genuis in regards to his riding of Sherwood Park and Fort Saskatchewan.
The biggest issues for residents of the region are related to economy and politics.
While the prospect of projects like the Trans Mountain pipeline raise hopes for a better economy, differing political opinions mean that action is a slow process.
"On the political side of things, we are seeing challenges around the Trans Mountain pipeline and about the Carbon Tax," said Genuis. "People are very keen on seeing that pipeline move forward, and are concerned about a lack of action on the national level."
In spite of political challenges, Genuis claims that the sense of community in the region continues to impress him.
"This continues to be one of the best places to live," he said. "There's a lot of innovation happening. The industrial heartland is doing a great job in seeking new investment opportunities."
Genuis' booth at the Trade Show offered visitors a chance to sign petitions on a variety of issues.
He encouraged community members to vocalize their opinions by visiting his constituency office.
The same petitions offered at the trade show are available at Genuis' office, and roundtable discussions are held there on a regular basis.