It’s simple. Special Areas wants your business. Our community is growing and full of opportunities. We’re looking for pioneers, like you to prospect over 5 million acres and find the opportunity that is right for you. We promise, you’ll find more than you would expect. Our rural municipality works regionally to provide entrepreneurs with resources, opportunities and business services.

Why do business in the Special Areas?

  • It makes money sense – land and resources are available and economical
  • We’re here to help – our economic development offices, business and technology specialist are here to provide you with FREE support services
  • Rural Wireless High-speed Internet – connect anywhere, anytime

Don’t forget “rural is back”, many people are realizing that business can be done anywhere. So with the creation of our highway to the future, rural internet, we have opened up doors for many entrepreneurs. Isn’t it your turn to enjoy the benefits of rural living while connecting globally?

You can Return to Rural and build your business and your life in the Special Areas.

Find us on Facebook:

Return to Rural Project

For detailed regional community information, check out


Wanda Diakow
Wanda Diakow is the economic development officer for Special Area No. 4. Having lived and worked in the rural environment she is aware of the needs of a rural community and is dedicated to advancing economic development in the Special Areas. She enjoys working with individuals or a community group towards a common goal and finds the synergy of a community working together to be most the most rewarding aspect of her work.

Christie Dick
Christie Dick is an economic development practitioner for SAMDA Economic Partnership. In her role with SAMDA, a grassroots regional economic development alliance in Southeast AB, Christie manages the economic development portfolio of the region. A deep interest in rural life and business development drives Christie to work on innovative and progressive economic development projects that inspire entrepreneurism and community growth.

Trisha Sewell
Trisha Sewell is the economic development officer for Cactus Corridor Economic Development Corporation whose stakeholders include Special Area No. 2, the Town of Hanna, the Village of Youngstown, and the Hanna Learning Centre.  Being raised in the Special Areas, she is committed to advancing economic development opportunities among business and regional partners using collaborative techniques.  She is excited to marry two of her passions, marketing and the Special Areas, while enhancing business opportunities for the area.


It’s great to have a partner in business – the Special Areas wants to work with you! Here is a list of resources and links that can help you develop your business idea.

Business Planning Toolkit – Create your own career in Alberta’s Special Area
Land Use & Sub-division – Palliser Regional Municipal Services
Development Permit – Special Areas

Want to return to rural with your business? Check us out.
R2R Business Buy & Sell – Special Areas Region

Hanna Learning Centre – Larae Pierson, Small Business Advisor