About Us

The Economic Development team works with companies, potential investors, and various stakeholders to showcase the many benefits of relocating or growing your business in Grande Prairie.

The team builds on the strength of our local economy by supporting the retention and expansion of existing businesses, as well as attracting new businesses and investment opportunities that continue to diversify our economy. Contact us by email at ecdevinfo@cityofgp.com to find out how we can support your business goals.

Rebecca Dodd
Manager, Economic Development

In her role, Rebecca oversees business investment attraction as well as business retention & expansion initiatives. With a specialty in investment attraction, she actively works with potential businesses to identify local investment opportunities by illuminating economic trends and identifying economic drivers within the region. Through her work, Rebecca is always marketing the City of Grande Prairie as a great place to live, work, and invest.

Chad Sheldon
Economic Development Officer

Chad is focused on industrial park development and is responsible for growing existing business, marketing investment opportunities, attracting new business and assisting with site selection. With extensive experience across Municipal economic development, private sector senior management, business ownership and leading community organizations, Chad is a relationship builder with a knack for connecting people, ideas and opportunities. Combining Chad’s “always open for business” attitude and strong client service focus simplifies the path ahead for you.

Cindy Paton
Business Retention & Expansion Coordinator

Cindy is here to learn more about your business. Having lived in Grande Prairie for many years she is a great resource to connect you with the right people to better understand possible barriers to growth or operations. Cindy is your go-to when it comes to the Downtown Incentives Grant, business development, retention and expansion questions or concerns.

Mariah Braun
Marketing & Research Coordinator

Mariah is dedicated to promoting and sharing the stories of local businesses and industry. Born and raised Grande Prairie, Mariah has experience in public and private marketing management. Mariah takes pride in building relationships within the business community, and wants to see small business succeed in Grande Prairie.