A couple of years again when Lethbridge took on the duty of figuring out and growing a neighborhood model, it was no shock that the result included some kind of reference to the sun. Lethbridge has over 300 days of sunshine yearly. The local weather in southern Alberta permits for a protracted rising season and when mixed with an irrigation system that’s the envy of many farmers, producers, and different areas worldwide, nicely the crop yields are robust to beat. The collaboration or coming collectively of all issues can be the driving message of the Lethbridge Brighter Collectively neighborhood model…our neighborhood is nice, and we ought to be proud of what we’ve got achieved however assume of what more we will do by doing it collectively!
This ‘doing it together’ is clear within the work presently being achieved on Canada’s Premier Meals Hall (CPFC). The partnership between 5 regional organizations together with Financial Growth Lethbridge, Taber Financial Growth, Municipal District of Taber, City of Coaldale and Lethbridge Nation was created in an effort to assist market the 55 km stretch of land alongside Freeway 3 in Alberta. This stretch is residence to almost 4,500 farms and over 11,000 companies concerned within the Agriculture or Agri-Meals sector.
With Agriculture accounting for almost 20% of Lethbridge GDP, a quantity that goes up if you happen to have a look at the area, it’s no shock that the meals hall is a significant undertaking for town of Lethbridge, an element not misplaced on Trevor Lewington, CEO for Financial Growth Lethbridge. “The farms and businesses within the food corridor are combining hard work and traditional growing methods with technology and innovation. This convergence will help them succeed and keep our region at the forefront of not only the ag and agri-food sectors, but also help contribute to others including manufacturing in addition to supply chain and logistics.”
Different organizations are additionally contributing to the potential of Lethbridge and it’s changing into a world-renowned centre for all issues agriculture. Development is underway at Exhibition Park to modernize the ability into an Agri-Meals hub for the area, an initiative that acquired funding from municipal and provincial governments. In October of 2020, an $815M funding was additionally made to improve and modernize irrigation methods within the area. Each initiatives will solely improve the alternatives and allow future success within the area.
The event of Canada’s Western Gateway (CWG) – Commerce and Logistics Hall is one other collaborative effort by organizations within the area and also will assist profit farmers and producers in Lethbridge. Sitting solely an hour from the Coutts border crossing, the one 24-hour business Canada/US border crossing within the province, Lethbridge’s bodily location make it a hub for the area. Highways half of the CANAMEX hall, railways intersecting town and strategic growth in Lethbridge Airport over the foreseeable future will solely add to the alternatives for native producers trying to ship their merchandise worldwide. Agricultural exports from the Lethbridge CMA elevated by 79% between 2019 and 2020, and with the work being achieved by the CWG, that quantity hopefully will proceed on an upward trajectory.
“It doesn’t matter if you’re a Cavendish Farms or an entrepreneur selling jams and jellies at the farmer’s market each weekend, we all have a part to play in helping elevate Lethbridge as the place to be if you’re in the ag industry,” says Lewington. “One of the hashtags we use is #SouthernAlbertaFeedstheWorld, and it’s a statement that with each day becomes more and more of a reality. With the amount of collaboration, innovation, determination, and investment being made in Lethbridge and the surrounding area, we keep seeing and hearing about how we are becoming a bigger and bigger player across the globe, and when people ask how we’re doing it? Brighter Together is always the answer.”