Council is excited to ask the public for their suggestions to name the new Industrial Park, often referred to by its land description SE-17.
What’s in a name? We name to identify things, describe items, assign value, honour a memory, or link to the future. It is our hope that this name will meaningfully connect this land to the community.
Vegreville’s original settlers came to create opportunity. Many of our community successes have been tied to the land due to the agriculture that has been key to developing the area. Looking to the future meant Council assessed our strengths and weaknesses and realized businesses need serviced land to build their dream.
The industrial park is the realization of several council’s plans for the future growth of Vegreville. In 2010 the Town of Vegreville acquired this parcel of land from the County of Minburn through an uncontested annexation. The plan then as now, was to accommodate new businesses and industry who would employ people who would fill our neighbourhoods and schools and shop at our stores.
Strategically, this plot is close to rail and ground transportation and to rich farmland and competitively priced. Ground breaks this spring and the land that has been farmed for many years will now be used for a new purpose. A grant worth $8,250,000 received from the federal and provincial governments will be used to develop the utilities, fibre optics, roads, and lighting necessary for the new industries. Industrial hemp has been a targeted sector, because of the variety of products that can be created from the plant from utilizing the fibre to make textiles, building materials, and paper, as well as the seed for protein sources, or oil extraction for health or cosmetic use. This crop will be grown in the area and provide the feedstock for future industry and Council welcomes this sector and others who are looking for opportunity.
So Vegreville can you help us with a name?