VILLAGE OF CONSORT: BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT
Consort is a traditional rural community long dependent on serving the needs of its local farming and ranching community. Naturally, oil and gas exploration plus the subsequent service industries have fueled local economic development growth for the past quarter century. Due to the current economic climate and the community’s long-standing dependence on primary industry, the Village of Consort recognizes the need to diversify its economic base and potentially reinvent Consort as a vibrant service stop!
The Village of Consort recently supported economic development efforts to grow local manufacturing and explore tourism development. With both a new commercial and residential sub-division to market, and the construction of a new 50 room hotel in the winter of 2014, the Village will continue to support, facilitate and transition growth in the area.
A member of the Palliser Economic Partnership (PEP), one of the twelve regional alliances under the auspices of Alberta Finance and Enterprise; the Village of Consort desires to be recognized internationally for its positive economic climate that encourages new business, facilitates growth of existing businesses, promotes tourism and showcases the Village of Consort and Special Area # 4 in the global marketplace.
Economic Base – The primary economic base of Consort and area, is farming, ranching, and petroleum recovery. Cattle, wheat, oats, canola and barley are the main agricultural commodities raised locally.
The local business community offers a wide variety of products and services for the residents and traveling public.
Major Businesses Products/Services
The Consort and Area Business Directory includes a detailed index of all businesses located in Consort and area. Key businesses:
- AmBrook Inn
- Consort Country Inn
- Consort Hotel/Motel
- Copper Oaks Condominiums
- Cozy Haven Bed & Breakfast
- Sunrise Motel
Appliance Sales & Service
- Roger E. Johnson Enterprises Inc.
Auto Parts & Repairs
- Days Tire Service (OK Tires)
- Heartland Auto Supply Ltd. (Consort)(Bumper to Bumper)
- Pioneer Motors Ltd. (new & used vehicles sales & service, tire supply, wheel alignment)
Farm & Ranch Supply
- UFA Farm Supply
Financial Institutions and Real Estate Offices
- ATB Financial
- RBC Financial
- Century 21 Realty
- Encompass Credit Union
- Gateway Junction Gas Bar (Esso)
- UFA Bulk & Retail Fuel Distributors
- Consort AG Foods
- Consort Family Food
- Roger E. Johnson Insurance Agency
Motor Vehicle Registries
- Village Agencies
- Consort IDA Drugstore
- Consort Hotel Restaurant
- Patti’s Place
- Rite Spot Dining Lounge
- Rangeland Vet Clinic
The local airstrip has a 3,000 foot paved and lighted runway. Many locally owned planes and hangars are in the field. Fuel and oil are not available. The nearest commercial and air freight services are at Edmonton.
Couriers and Taxis
- DHL (Loomis) and Purolator
- Choice Taxis Service
Connecting highways include Highway 12, leading west to Coronation and east to the Saskatchewan border, and Highway 41, leading north to Czar and south to Oyen & Medicine Hat.
Consort and area are served by a number of trucking firms including Hi-Way 9 Express Lines Ltd. Companies service the agriculture and oil industries.
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