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RMWB releases Conference Board of Canada wildfire economic impact assessment and five-year regional outlook

(Fort McMurray, AB – September 19, 2017) – The Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo has released a Conference Board of Canada report that studies both the economic impact of the 2016 Horse River Wildfire on the region and an economic outlook for the next five years.

The report, titled ‘Moving Forward. The Economic Impact of Rebuilding the Wood Buffalo Region’s Economy’ is now available for download online at choosewoodbuffalo.ca

“We are strongly encouraged by the findings in this report, which suggest that the economic impacts associated with the wildfire are expected to have dissipated by 2021,” said Amanda Haitas, Manager, Wood Buffalo Economic Development. “Our region is resilient and already showing signs of growth, which are reflected in this report.”

To learn more about the report, you’re invited to attend the Chamber of Commerce luncheon on October 12, 2017 at the Quality Hotel and Conference Centre. The Conference Board of Canada will be presenting the report and answering questions. 

The Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo commissioned this study, with funding from the Government of Alberta, to help gain an improved understanding of the region’s economic outlook. 

Current and prospective business owners in the region are encouraged to contact Wood Buffalo Economic Development at 1-855-WB-ECDEV (1-855-923-2338) or Economic.Development@rmwb.ca