The Olds Institute for Community and Regional Development has a mandate to develop a long term Economic Development Strategy for the municipality of Olds Alberta.
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Economic Development and Municipal Sustainability
Committees with the Institute include Investment Attraction, Business Retention, Community Lifestyle, Finance, Marketing, Opportunity ID, and Technology.
Are you looking for a community to invest in? Look no further than Olds, Alberta.
The Institute supports local business in their expansion plans, and encourages business to remain in Olds.
We are engaged in initiatives that enhance the social and economic development of the community of Olds.
Thanks to the financial support of our economic partners, the Institute is able to support the community.
Promoting the Olds Institute to its residents and business investors, and marketing the community to the world.
The Institute researches needs in the community identifying opportunities that will make Olds sustainable.
Olds will be one of the first communities in Alberta to offer fibre to the premises for residents and businesses.
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Investment Attraction
Business Retention
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Olds Institute: A History
The Institute was founded to provide the Olds community with economic, environmental, cultural, social and governance direction based on community consultation and collaboration ...
Economic Sustainability Priority
OI Report to the Community
April 9, 2014: The Olds Institute for Community & Regional Development held their Annual General Meeting at the Olds College Land Sciences Atrium on April 7th. Please click the link to see our Report to the Community.
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Celebrate Volunteerism!
March 17, 2014: Kick off National Volunteer Week by attending the 14th Annual Town of Olds Volunteer Appreciation Event on Friday, March 28th at the Cow Palace.
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National Doctors Day
March 17, 2014: The community of Olds and the surrounding region extend our sincere thanks to our local physicians for their dedication to the health care of our citizens.
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Media & Technology
Jan 24, 2014: A website that offers solutions for local governments has featured the Olds' Government partnership group O-NET and their offer of Internet download speeds of one gig per second.
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Olds Named Community of the Year
Nov 29, 2013: At the Central Alberta Economic Partnership's Achievement Awards the Town Of Olds and the Olds Institute were acknowledged as the Community of the Year for the collaborative efforts of their volunteers and the relationships developed between the Olds Institute's essential and associate members.
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Medical Positions Available
Nov 7, 2013: The Impact Analysis for Olds has been completed and we have received approval from AHS Central for new positions for practitioners in Olds.
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Olds State of Wellbeing
Sept 5, 2013: The purpose of the Town of Olds' State of Wellbeing Report is to provide citizens and decision makers with a comprehensive wellbeing assessment of the economic, social and environmental wellbeing conditions of the community. The Genuine Well-being model developed by Genuine Wealth Inc. combines objective (i.e. statistical) wellbeing indicators with subjective (i.e. perceptional) wellbeing indicators of the conditions of the communities five key assets: human, social, natural, built and financial or economic capital. The Genuine Wealth model is based on the science of wellbeing. The Genuine Wealth model was designed to measure what matters most to the wellbeing, quality of life and sustainability of a community.
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As reported by Emily Chung, CBC News
July 19, 2013: Small Alberta town gets massive 1,000 Mbps broadband boost. The Olds Institute managed to secure a $2.5 million grant from the Alberta government to plan its network and build a community facility at the library.
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Our Vision
We are an engaged community of visionaries building shared knowledge and capacity. Our Mission is to encourage, initiate, and facilitate community and economic development through the incorporation of ...
The Olds Advisory Group for Sustainable Living was instrumental in seeing Olds became the first officially-designated Fair Trade Town in the province of Alberta in November 2009.
Mountain View Power is a private for profit local energy retailing business owned by the Olds Institute that provides electricity to homes and businesses located in the Central Alberta Mountain View County Region.  Now you have the option to purchase your electricity at competitive rates and support your community all at the same time.
Located in Mountain View County in Central Alberta and just 45 minutes from the Calgary International Airport, Olds is conveniently nestled at the junction of Highway 2A and Highway 27, just a few kilometres west of the Queen Elizabeth II Highway and just 61 kilometres south of the City of Red Deer and 90 kilometres north of downtown Calgary.
The beauty of Olds has not gone unnoticed by travellers to our community. Click here to read testimonials from our visitors and newcomers.
Business & Investment Attraction There are also numerous opportunities to identify potential new business for our community through organizations such as the Olds College School of Innovation.
This committee aims to attract new businesses and investment to support and enhance managed, sustainable growth of our community and region.
The Business and Investment Attraction Committee is enthused about the possibilities for a hotel/convention centre in Olds. With a focus on business attraction, we hope to see real investment take place and deals made that bring new and growing companies to town.
Business Retention and Expansion The Business Expansion and Retention Committee has been working on projects such as the new Uptowne Olds, an initiative to welcome shoppers to the downtown core.
The Institute supports local business in their expansion plans, and encourages business to remain in Olds.
Uptowne Olds has made huge strides in a short period of time. From initiating an Historic Survey, to creating a new marketing and branding initiative, this group of energetic entrepreneurs has demonstrated how quickly things can move.
Technology Central Alberta will be a place to grow, thanks to a partnership of eight organizations and the Rural Alberta Development Fund.
Olds will be one of the first communities in Alberta to offer fibre to the premises for residents and businesses.
An extensive community consultation identified ICT connectivity to the SuperNet as being the critical issue necessary to make Olds a vibrant, sustainable entrepreneurial community with a quality of life that would retain and attract Alberta’s brightest.
Community Lifestyle Physician Recruitment and Affordable Housing are top priorities for the Community Lifestyle Committee.
We are engaged in initiatives that enhance the social and economic development of the community of Olds.
Physician Recruitment is a top priority for the Community Lifestyle Committee. With the competition to get doctors to rural centres more fierce than ever, the committee is turning to the community, and our doctors, for ideas.

Essential Members   >>   Town of Olds | Olds & District Chamber of Commerce | Olds College | Olds Agricultural Society
Associate Members   >>   Chinook's Edge School Division | Mountain View County | Red Deer Catholic School Division
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