Media Releases

Media Release: Greenview Regional Multiplex Amalgamation

DECEMBER 30, 2019

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Regional Multiplex transitions to Greenview  

 Operations at the Greenview Regional Multiplex will now be administered by the MD of Greenview with the ratification of an agreement between the Town of Valleyview and Greenview.

Under the agreement, Greenview will assume management of the regional recreation and cultural facility located in Valleyview, allowing the Town of Valleyview to continue to focus resources and efforts within the community. Current Multiplex staff will become Greenview employees.

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Media Release: Greenview 2020 Interim Budget

DECEMBER 23, 2019

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Balanced approach and spending restraint:

Greenview Council approves 2020 interim budgets

Focusing on the development of critical infrastructure, maintaining and enhancing important community programs and services, and continued support of regional partnerships and collaborations, Councillors with the MD of Greenview have approved the 2020 Operating and Capital budget with no increase in the municipal mill rate.

Greenview’s combined 2020 operational and capital budget is $217.1 million which includes $52.4 million in project funding carried over from the 2019 budget. Projected revenues from all sources is estimated at $146.1 million including an anticipated $5 million in provincial funding through the Municipal Sustainability Initiative (MSI). Council has authorized a drawdown of $18.6 million from reserves to meet capital funding requirements. (more…)

Media Release: Greenview declares Agricultural Disaster

DECEMBER 16, 2019

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

 Greenview declares Agricultural Disaster

With more than 30 percent of cereal and oilseed crops and up to 40 percent of hay still on the fields, MD of Greenview Council voted to declare the municipality an agricultural disaster area at its regular meeting, Dec. 9. 

Extreme weather ranging from excessive rain and unseasonably cool temperatures over the spring and summer and early frost and snowfall at harvest have resulted in equally severe impacts on (more…)

Greenview One Step Closer to Alberta’s First Geothermal Power Plant

(photo from Terrapin)

Building on Alberta’s energy strengths, while diversifying its vast natural resource potential, the province has advanced Alberta’s first conventional geothermal energy project within the MD of Greenview. 

The government has granted Terrapin Geothermics the rights to conduct testing operations and explore the geothermal potential of an area within Greenview, south of Grande Prairie.   This will allow Terrapin to begin seeking regulatory approvals for its geothermal power project.  This advancement means the project is one step closer to operating test wells. 

The project has been named “Alberta No. 1,” a tribute to the discovery of oil at the Leduc No. 1 oil drilling site in 1947. The name also hints at another connection to Alberta’s status as a leader in oil and gas – generating geothermal power draws on one of Alberta’s signature skill sets.

Harnessing geothermal energy is a method of creating electricity without coal, natural gas, wind or sunlight. It powers generators using brine from natural reservoirs more than 2000 metres below ground, which are heated by thermal energy from deep inside the Earth. Once the thermal energy has been extracted from the brine and converted to electricity or used for heating, the brine is cycled back underground, where it will heat up again. Terrapin’s geothermal energy facility will produce renewable power that runs 24/7 with zero carbon emissions and minimal ongoing fuel costs.

Greenview continues to partner with Terrapin and PCL Construction on this advanced made-in-Alberta renewable-power solution that will provide Alberta’s power grid with clean, renewable energy. 

 

For more information on the Alberta No. 1 project, please contact Greenview’s Manager of Economic Development, Kevin Keller, at kevin.keller@mdgreenview.ab.ca

Media Release: MD of Greenview Announces Reeve and Deputy Reeve

For Immediate Release
October 28, 2019

MD of Greenview Council Elects New Reeve and Deputy Reeve

The Municipal District of Greenview Council is pleased to acclaim Ward 5 Councillor Dale Smith as the Reeve and elected Ward 9 Councillor Duane Didow as Deputy Reeve for the municipality at the annual organizational meeting on Monday Oct. 28, 2019. (more…)

Reeve Smith Presents at the EDA Ministry Dinner

Reeve Dale Smith attended the Economic Developers Association (EDA) of Alberta Ministry Dinner in Edmonton, October 24, 2019.   As a leader in the Tri-Municipal Partnership (TMIP), Reeve Smith presented an update on the project to key federal and provincial Ministry representatives, provincial and national organizations, Alberta economic development officers, and the International Economic Development Council.   The TMIP was a Gold sponsor for the event, which brought together EDA members and Ministry representatives to network, share information and explore potential partnerships. 

Since 2017 the municipalities of Greenview, County of Grande Prairie, and the City of Grande Prairie have worked collaboratively to create the TMIP, which is a world-class heavy industrial district, located in Greenview, 40 km south of Grande Prairie.

With a footprint equivalent to 2/3 the size of the City of Red Deer and access to rail, highway, power, and water, the TMIP will focus on attracting industries which demonstrate leading edge environmentally conscious and sustainable practices.   Development of large scale heavy industrial projects will create long term stable employment, growth, and opportunities for the region.

In 2020, the partnership is looking forward to establishing a formal Development Corporation and hiring dedicated executive staff to manage and promote the TMIP project.

Photo Credit: Mayor Bill Given, City of Grande Prairie

Media Release: MD of Greenview Hosting Level One Violence Threat Risk Assessment Training in Valleyview, AB

September 27, 2019
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

MD of Greenview to Host Level One Violence Threat Risk Assessment (VTRA) Training in Valleyview, AB

In August of 2019, MD of Greenview was approached by the Valleyview RCMP Detachment Staff Sergeant to discuss the potential of sponsoring a Level One Violence Threat Risk Assessment Training Course.

Administered through the North American Center for Threat Assessment and Trauma Response (NACTATR),
the course is intended to integrate various community agencies such as school divisions, RCMP, Mental Health and Children and Family Services to anticipate the threat of violence by individuals against others or themselves, and to reduce the impact of trauma within communities. 66 participants from within Greenview and surrounding areas will take part in this two-day workshop, held at the Burnside Performing Arts Centre in Valleyview, AB on October 1-2, 2019.

It is timely intervention that prevents school shootings and other violent incidents. The program also looks at longer-term solutions, providing assistance to allow the subject to be reintegrated into the communities and schools. VTRA is used in 281 communities across Canada and in approximately 45% of the school divisions in Alberta. Reeve Dale Smith stated, “The MD of Greenview Council is pleased to provide the funding necessary to deliver this valuable training for people within the boundaries of Greenview. Training like this helps all communities to become safer and better places to live.”

Funding for this training is proudly provided by the MD of Greenview Council.

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Media inquiries may be directed to:

Stacey Sevilla, Manager, Communications and Marketing
Direct: 780.524.7625
stacey.sevilla@mdgreenview.ab.ca
Web: www.mdgreenview.ab.ca

Media Release: MD of Greenview 2nd Annual Charity Sporting Clay Shoot a Huge Success

For Immediate Release
September 27, 2019

2nd Annual Greenview Charity Clay Shoot a Huge Success

The Municipal District of Greenview Council held its 2nd Annual Greenview Charity Clay Shoot on Thursday, September 12, 2019, at the Shot Shell Sporting Clay Range in Valleyview, AB. There were 78 sports shooters participating and 22 corporate sponsors with all proceeds going to the Valleyview, Fox Creek, Grande Cache, and Grande Prairie Food Banks. This years event raised $36,240.00 for Food Banks in the MD of Greenview, doubling last years amount of $17,710.61.

“We are very pleased with our turnout this year for our second annual Clay Shoot Charity event,” said Reeve Dale Smith. “A fundraiser like this would not be possible without the generous sponsorship donations from companies like Tiger Calcium, Paramount Resources, Rural Municipalities Association, Aquatera, Seven Generations Energy, CST Coal, Pembina, Secure Energy, WSP, Accurate Assessment, and many more. We would also like to thank Shot Shell Sporting Clay Range for hosting this valuable fundraiser, and look forward to holding this event for many years to come.”

The Municipal District of Greenview No. 16 is the third largest rural municipality in Alberta. Greenview includes the towns of Fox Creek, Valleyview, the hamlets of Little Smoky, Ridgevalley, DeBolt, Landry Heights, Grovedale, and Grande Cache. Greenview offers an array of rivers, lakes, mountain peaks of the majestic Rocky Mountains, and prairie meadows. Untamed wilderness promises an abundance of outdoor activities. Modern, indoor recreation facilities provide sport and recreation activities year-round.

 

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Media Contact:
Stacey Sevilla
Manager, Communications and Marketing
MD of Greenview
780-524-7600
stacey.sevilla@mdgreeview.ab.ca

Media Release: Accident on the Forestry Trunk Road at Kilometer 25

For Immediate Release
September 25, 2019

Commercial Vehicle Accident on the Forestry Trunk Road at Kilometer 25

The Municipal District of Greenview would like to inform the travelling public on the Forestry Trunk Road at approximately Kilometer 25, that a commercial vehicle accident has occurred. Travel is restricted to one-way traffic only. The road will be closed to traffic from 10:30 AM to approximately 12:00 PM for recovery of the commercial vehicle involved in the accident. There are no known injuries at this time. Updates will be posted on MD of Greenview social media channels (@mdofgreenview).

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Media Contact:
Stacey Sevilla
Manager, Communications and Marketing
MD of Greenview
780-524-7600
stacey.sevilla@mdgreeview.ab.ca

Media Release: MD of Greenview Announces Appointment of Regional Fire Chief

For Immediate Release
September 23, 2019

MD of Greenview Announces New Regional Fire Chief

The MD of Greenview is pleased to announce that Mr. Wayne Brown will be joining the MD of Greenview as Regional Fire Chief effective September 23, 2019.

Mr. Brown comes to the Municipal District, bringing over 35 years of experience in fire services. Mr. Brown is well-known and respected for his strategic leadership and operational management skills in Fire and Emergency Services in Calgary, Alberta. His credentials include Chief Fire Officer Designation (CFO), Provincial Emergency Site/Major Emergency Planning certification, and Fire/Arson Investigator Certification.

Most recently, Mr. Brown served as the Coordinator of the Calgary Coordinated Safety Response Team and Internal Safety Response Unit. In this role, Mr. Brown was mandated to mitigate risk in dismantled and medicinal marijuana grow houses, construction sites, and vacant houses through investigation, inspection, education, and community outreach.

Prior to his time in the CSRT, Mr. Brown worked as Fire Chief for Rocky View County Fire Services. In just under three years, Mr. Brown transformed a rural volunteer fire service into a highly functioning composite fire service capable of managing the dynamic complexity associated with rapid growth coupled with the transition from a predominantly rural to a rural/urban area located on the periphery of Calgary.

His background and skills developed throughout his tenure in the fire service will serve the MD of Greenview as a growing municipality.

“We are looking forward to welcoming Regional Fire Chief Brown to Greenview, to bring continued growth and excellence to our fire service,” said Reeve Dale Smith. “His strong leadership skills and municipal experience will be an asset to the Municipal District of Greenview.”

About MD of Greenview Fire and Emergency Services:
MD of Greenview Fire and Emergency Service is dedicated to providing effective, safe and professional fire protection to the ratepayers of the Municipal District. MD of Greenview Fire and Emergency Services continues to grow and evolve from its roots, and is currently a composite Fire service with nearly 100 volunteer firefighters and staff, working from three stations plus two contract fire departments. MD of Greenview maintains a fire-safe community through effective, efficient, safe and prompt emergency incident response, and the provision of Public Education and Community Outreach programs.

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Media Contact:
Stacey Sevilla
Manager, Communications and Marketing
MD of Greenview
780-524-7600
stacey.sevilla@mdgreeview.ab.ca