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5021 – 49 Ave Vermilion, AB
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Vermilion: Big city advantages with a small town feel
Vermilion is an exceptional town, with a population of 4545 people. From an outsider’s initial glance, it may appear to be just a small rural community, but if you look closer, you will realize that Vermilion, AB in fact boasts big-city advantages, while still maintaining that small town feel.
A strong advantage to business growth is the non-residential development incentive program available to commercial and industrial businesses; its purpose is to encourage new development and expansion of non-residential facilities within the Town of Vermilion. This program offers a tax cancellation on the municipal portion of property taxes.
- competitive selection,
- competitive pricing, and
- commitment to service excellence.
Vermilion boasts an experienced labour force, large trading population, low employment rate and a range in business and occupations.
Vermilion Community and Regional Profile / Labour Force
Community: Town of Vermilion
|Labour Force Status( 15 years and over)||TOTAL 3110|
|Not in the labour force||800|
|Participation Rate||74.1 %|
|Class of Worker||TOTAL 2305|
Total Population of the Town of Vermilion: 4545 People
The foundation on which the Vermilion Region was built. Since the area was first settled in the early 1900’s, agriculture has played a vital role in the development of the region. Agriculture is the region’s second largest industry, pumping over 1 billion dollars into the economy. The Town of Vermilion is home to Lakeland College with one of the largest student managed farms in Canada located at the Vermilion Campus.
The Town of Vermilion is situated in the hub of the Oil and Gas Sector for the Northeast Region. On the crossroads of Yellowhead Highway #16 and Buffalo Trial Highway #41, Vermilion is home to a wide variety of Oil Field Service Companies.
Currently the Town of Vermilion is booming with activity as Inter Pipeline and Enbridge both undertake pipeline expansions and Altex Energy moves forward with an Oil Rail Loading Facility within the County of Vermilion River.
- Retail & Service:
As the Retail industry continues to expand within the region, the Vermilion Retail and Service Sector shows continual growth with the addition of several new businesses to our community. The Lakeland Mall and Downtown Vermilion play host to a variety of retail stores, personal and health services, professionals, dining, entertainment and government facilities.
In 2013, the Town of Vermilion began pre-selling commercial lots just north of the main intersection of Highway 16 and Highway 41. Adjacent to the east side highway #41 – Junction Sixteen 41 will have Vermilion see substantial growth within the Retail and Service Sector.
Regional: Alberta HUB Region
|Aged 15 and up||99,000 people|
|Total labour force of||73,000 people|
|Total Population||127,800 people|
There are over 300 oil and gas producing companies active within the Alberta HUB Region. New technologies have been developed in the Alberta HUB Region:
- Drilling of long, horizontal wells at shallow depths
- Down hole electric drive PC pumps
- Computer optimized production well management
- High temperature pressure sensors
- Oil, Water, Sand separator
- Progressing Cavity Pumps (PCP) ( Now shipped around the world)
- 15% of Alberta’s total production of oats
- 12% of the Canola
- 10% of the Alberta’s cattle
- 12% of the province’s bison.
- Lakeland College
- Portage College
- Blue Quills First Nations College
- Total experienced labour force: 2,010
- Trading population: 11,000 +
- Unemployment rate: 3.7%
Come see for yourself how your business can capitalize on the opportunities of a small town with big-city advantages.
The History of the Vermilion & District Chamber of Commerce
The Vermilion and District Chamber of Commerce had its beginning in 1906. Founded originally as Vermilion Board of Trade, it had as its president H.W. Brown who served in this capacity for four terms, 1906 to 1909. Mr. Brown was then in partnership with Walter Gibson in the North-West Trading Company Store.
A quote from the Vermilion Standard July 21, 1955 issue in its salute to their Golden Jubilee observance states: “The Vermilion Board of Trade in unique in its record of service. Since 1906, never has the promotional work which it was founded, been allowed to lapse. Throughout the first years’ history of Vermilion, the Board of Trade has always been the leader in projects contributing to the progress of the town and district, and to the welfare of the people.”
A few interesting facts include the youngest president, Gerald Stephens; and keeping up-to-date with our times, Maxine Sweeney was the first lady-president.
The name “Board of Trade” was changed to “Chamber of Commerce” in 1931, then back to “Board of Trade” in 1933. In later years it was again changed to ” Chamber of Commerce” and has remained with that title to the present time.
The following has been said, “The Vermilion Board of Trade, a community organization dedicated to the progress of the town and district, was established in 1906, and is thus in a position to recoganize the valuable contribution of the pioneers of Vermilion. They built better than they knew, for their hard work, foresight and initiative, followed by the progress of their successors, have placed Vermilion among the foremost towns in Alberta.”
Following is a list of past president:
|1906-1909||H.W. Brown||1910||D.L. Freeman|
|1911||W.J. Seed||1912-1913||J. Dawson Stephens|
|1914-1915||J.A.M. Craig (John)||1916-1919||Sir James Outram|
|1920-1921||W.B. Nellis||1922-1923||A.E. Kaiser|
|1924||S.R.P. Cooper||1925-1926||W.H. Harper|
|1927||C.B. Johnston||1928-1930||W.H. Harper|
|1931-1933||Dr. H.W. Scott||1934-1936||Chas Robinson|
|1937-1938||W.P. Pilkie (Bill)||1939-1940||A.M. West (Albert)|
|1941-1942||Gerald Stephens||1943-1944||Ashley Cooper|
|1945||J.D. Adams (Jim)||1946||E.M. Stewart (Elmore)|
|1947||George S. Maxwell||1948||Melvin Hill|
|1949||A.M. Watts (Sandy)||1950||Tom Watts|
|1951||D.R. Mitchell (Reg)||1952||G.W. Sutherland|
|1953||R.G. Chalmers (Keith)||1954||K.G. Urquhart (Ken)|
|1955||Dr. A. Ben King||1956||J.R. Boaks (Ross)|
|1957-1958||E.A. Locke (Al)||1959||J.V. Kneale (Jack)|
|1960||Angus MacMillan||1961||Ernie Clendenning|
|1964-1966||Claude Underdown||1967||Dr. A.R. Anderson|
|1968||John Stewart||1969||Grover Halterman|
|1970||William Milne||1971||Roger Rowe|
|1972||W. Tennant (Bill)||1973||Lloyd Seath|
|1974||Ben Buchmann||1975||Bob Richardson|
|1976||W.T. Garnet||1977||Chuck Payne|
|1978||Ted Etherington||1979||Monty Audenart|
|1980-1981||Stan Stewart||1982||Byron Moore|
|1984||Wayne Meikle||1985||Maxine Sweeney|
|1986||Ed Lee||1987||Kevin MacDuff|
|1988||Gary Horan||1989-1990||Jim Williams|
|1991-1992||Beryl Tovell||1993-1994||Dave Webb|
|1995-1996||Don Charron||1997-1998||Craig Brown|
|1999||Dawn Flaata||2000-2001||Shirley Schwartz|
|2002-2003||Angela Mergl||2004-2005||Greg Throndson|
|2006||Dan Macpherson||2007-2008||Jason Long|
|2009-2012||Marlene Beattie||2013||Scott Kovatch|
2015 Executive List
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