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Work-integrated learning is an internationally recognized strategy that places students into real-world work placements, exposing students to interactive learning experiences in their field of study, equipping them with the required employability skills to succeed in the workforce. These placements are an important element in developing the future workforce and include applied research projects, apprenticeships, co-operative…

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Where do you live, 2019!? Such was the typically hilarious response from a friend in Silicon Valley when I recommended a podcast “for his commute.” From Google employees like him to accountants and lawyers, to economic development professionals and psychologists, if it is possible to work remotely, COVID has pushed entire industries to do so.…

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The economic downturn pre-pandemic, further augmented by COVID-19 and the various levels of restrictions, has caused significant challenges and impacts on our businesses. The impacts have been varied, dependent on the industry, perceptions, adaptations, along with accessibility and implementation of funding and resources to assist businesses through those difficult times. Through it all, we must…

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Business Beat: Business Innovation Grant accepting applications The City of Medicine Hat commenced the application process for the fourth and final phase of the City of Medicine Hat Business Innovation Grant (MHBIG). The $2M MHBIG was part of an $8.2M COVID relief package approved by City Council on May 4, 2020 to support businesses in…

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Business Beat: Foundational Education It really isn’t too much to say that the world is a rapidly changing and somewhat scary place. What most of us took for granted when we left school is simply no longer true. Society, technology, politics, and the myriad ways in which they interact are simply too complicated for any…

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Weekly Update: April 9 – 15, 2021 Supports for Business Alberta’s government is expanding the small business relaunch grant The Alberta government is offering small businesses affected by the most recent public health orders another payment of up to $10,000 from the Small and Medium Enterprise Relaunch Grant. Alberta businesses affected by the latest public…

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Spring is typically a time of renewal. A time of reflection and a time when we celebrate new life and growth.  While the last year has been exceptionally challenging and frustrating, we have also learned many things contributing to our personal and professional development, allowing us to spring into growth. For our organization, I’m sure,…

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Business Beat: City Now Accepting Applications for 2021 Development Incentive Program Invest Medicine Hat and the City of Medicine Hat are now accepting applications for the 2021 development incentive program. The City of Medicine Hat encourages development and redevelopment in the City and incentives are an effective way to stimulate investment and support desirable economic…

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Weekly Update: March 26 – 31, 2021 Supports for Business Enhancements to the Film and Television Tax Credit Alberta’s government is removing the $10-million per project cap to make the province an even more desirable location for larger film productions. This change also creates more flexibility for the province to respond to future growth in…

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Business Beat: Using a Regional Innovation Network to Start, Grow and Innovate Being new to the role as the APEX Regional Innovation Network Coordinator, a coworker asked for my bio. He wanted to introduce me and show how my experience and qualifications relate to helping tech and knowledge-based companies. While I appreciate the kind sentiment,…

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