Envision Edmonton

July 14, 2010 12:00 ET

Envision Edmonton: Live, Work and Play in a SMART GROWTH Community

A Sustainable Industrial Community With a Niche Professional and Employment Cluster

EDMONTON, ALBERTA--(Marketwire - July 14, 2010) - "The City Centre Airport land is perfectly situated to be a world-class example of a Smart Growth community and model for reduced urban sprawl". So says Chuck Allard, Chairman of Envision Edmonton.

"Our vision includes the City's Smart Growth concepts for the airport land yet is much richer in context and goes beyond the borders of Edmonton, "says Allard.

"Smart Growth planning happens in close proximity to existing infrastructure to minimize transportation and utility costs. Centralized industrial locations help increase urban employment and economic development, reduce vehicle commuting, reduce public service cost and increase tax revenues, adds Allard.

The Envision Edmonton plan says that industrial land uses at the City Centre Airport would generate a cluster of businesses including manufacturing, processing, repair, warehouse, distribution, transportation, utilities, biomedical facilities as well as office and retail uses that support industrial activities. It would become an employment center providing a supply of labour, services, materials and even more important infrastructure related to water, energy, food, education, health and social services.

"Edmonton is the dedicated Gateway to Northern Canada's business and the City Centre Airport has the potential to become a significant service center to remote and difficult to service communities," says Allard.

"This is a unique employment and economic opportunity."

The plan says that The City Centre Airport is an economic driver with enormous growth potential that is in the best position to be developed to meet this growing demand in our northern and remote communities.

The development focus should be on physical and social infrastructure services for the circum polar region of the world and facilitate the Federal Government's desire to service and maintain a presence in Canada's Arctic.

"Edmonton will be the only Gateway to all of Northern Canada's business," says Allard.

The plan calls for a sustainable industrial community with a niche professionals and employment centre that includes a dedicated airport and provides physical and social infrastructure services such as:

  • A transportation hub (rail, road and air)
  • A Remote Community Service and Logistic Centre for the circum polar region of the world
  • An advanced Medevac Centre
  • An Aviation Education Centre
  • An Aviation Manufacturing facility
  • LRT access
  • Affordable housing for the local labour in adjacent neighbourhoods
  • Integrated with educational opportunities -Close to NAIT

Envision Edmonton is a not-for-profit business society formed specifically to develop a suitable and economically viable plan to revitalize the City Centre Airport. It is primarily funded by individuals and businesses, many of which have no direct investment in or association with the City Centre Airport, but who are instead dedicated exclusively to helping to make Edmonton a great city.

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