What is JEDI?
The Joint Economic Development Initiative (JEDI) is a dynamic economic development partnership between the County of Wetaskiwin and the Town of Millet that was created as a non-for-profit organization in 2003. It has an award-winning industrial land development cost & revenue sharing agreement with the partner municipalities, the only one its kind in the province, designed to simplify and further growth.
JEDI’s objectives are the growth of industrial development, foreign direct investment and regional business retention and expansion.
It fulfills these objectives through operational activities that facilitate commerce with private and public stakeholders. Some of these activities include, but are not limited to, marketing industrial land developments, acting as an intermediary for expediting land developments, long term planning for industrial land growth with partner municipalities, acting as the “one-stop” information resource for companies looking to invest or build in the region, gaining exposure with its target markets through various mediums and events, partnering with relevant government ministries to facilitate foreign investment in the region, assisting existing regional companies with further growth, and providing the fundamental business expansion resources required by it’s stakeholders.
JEDI Regional Advantages
- 30 km to Nisku, Alberta, North America’s second largest industrial petroleum manufacturing park.
- Approximately 20 minutes from Edmonton International Airport (EIA)
- Immediate access to 4 major provincial highway systems (QEII, 2A, 13, 22)
- Close proximity to other city centers and their labor pools
- City of Edmonton – 45km
- City of Leduc – 30km
- City of Wetaskiwin (within Region)
- City of Camrose – 40km
Affordable Serviced & Unserviced Industrial Land
- The market cost of serviced industrial land in the JEDI region is very affordable compared to the cost of industrial land in Leduc/Nisku and The City of Edmonton.
- With the joint municipal cost & revenue sharing agreement, the JEDI Region is structured for quick and expansive industrial land development.
- JEDI and its municipal partners have similar long term land development plans, quick and accessible development procedures and have created expedited cross over growth with the sharing agreement.
- Advanced manufacturing and technology footprint in the JEDI region with several large industrial companies servicing global customers. JEDI is the direct partner between the private sector and municipal government for current and future industrial development, business operational requirements and foreign direct investment (FDI)
- Road – within the CANAMEX corridor highway and direct access to key high capacity highway systems (QEII, 2A, 22 and 13)
- Rail – CP Rail runs through the region with direct access to Port of Vancouver terminal and is 20 km away from the CP Intermodal Hub
- 20 min from Edmonton International Airport (EIA)
- Port Alberta (Canadian FTZ) located in the Edmonton International Airport with international cargo services
- Regional airport and residential airpark in The City of Wetaskiwin