Drayton Valley is located about 90 minutes southwest of Edmonton, Alberta, Canada and is best known as a centre for the oil and gas industry. Forestry and agriculture also play an important part in the local economy.
As the main service centre for the surrounding area Drayton Valley boasts a range of facilities, shops and restaurants usually found in larger centres.
The CETC will engage industry to provide service gaps that currently exist in the region. Many employers send employees out of town for educational and training needs. With a very active oil and gas industry next door to the CETC there are a variety of courses from power engineering, trades programs, leadership and professional development programs, and continuing education courses that are in need. Furthermore, as the bio-industry advances, there’s a growing need for skills training required for bio-manufacturing and alternative energy equipment and processes.
THE CETC TEAM
Senior Economic Development Officer/COO:
The Town of Drayton Valley’s Bio-Mile® is an area of industrial land located adjacent to the Weyerhaeuser sawmill. The Bio-Mile® is designed to provide a home to companies, organizations and research partnerships focusing on creating new products from waste products including bio-mass from the forestry and agriculture industries.
In support of the Bio-Mile® having successful business attraction and new startups setting their roots here, the Town of Drayton Valley began constructing the Clean Energy Technology Centre (CETC) in 2014.
The CETC is an innovative centre and first of its kind in Alberta that provides a focus of services for education and training, business development and incubation, and applied research and development.