Greenview ends tri-municipal partnership, refunds county $230K

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The Tri-Municipal Industrial Partnership (TMIP) between the city and county of Grande Prairie and Municipal District of Greenview for a new industrial park has been disbanded.

County council received a letter from Greenview during its meeting Monday indicating Greenview’s decision to pursue the project alone, refunding the county for funds spent to date.

“There will still be lots of benefit to all of the municipalities in the location of the industrial park,” said county reeve Leanne Beaupre.

“A lot of the tertiary businesses and support services will be in the county and the city.”

Greenview reeve Dale Smith couldn’t be reached for comment as to the municipal district’s reasons for its decision.

TMIP was established in 2017 with an eye to establish a heavy industrial district approximately 40 kilometres south of the city near Gold Creek Plant.

The district is meant to attract operators who can share use of the area’s resources, including rail, road and pipeline infrastructure and the Smoky River, Kevin Keller, Greenview economic development manager, told the News last year.

In the spring Greenview council put TMIP on hiatus to review the project and has since decided to promote the park, now called the Greenview Industrial Gateway (GIG), solo.

Beaupre said county staff have already invested time and money into the project, and the promotional work done to date could only have done by the three municipalities working together.

Specifically, the county used its position with the Alberta government to convey the importance of the area as an “economic driver” and promoted the area, she said.

County staff helped explore the potential of the industrial park and gained insight for long-term planning for the county’s development, she added.

The county invested $230,000 in the project to date, and Greenview is refunding that to the county, Beaupre said.

Now that TMIP is ended, she said the county will no longer be actively working on GIG’s development, though it may still occasionally advocate for the project.

“We’re still firm believers that it’s a must for the region, and a great opportunity for not only our area but the province of Alberta and Canadians,” Beaupre said.

She said she doesn’t anticipate any less benefit to the county following TMIP’s end.

Brad Quarin, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, Town & Country News