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Although the regions communities are very close in proximity to one another, they each have their own personalities, set of attractions, restaurants, schools and events that bring their communities together. For those who live here, if you want a taste of something different, simply drive 15 minutes in any direction and you’re bound to experience something new and unique.
County of Newell

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The County of Newell, surrounding the City of Brooks, is home to nearly ten thousand people who reside on farms and within the several towns, villages and hamlets scattered throughout the area. With over two thirds of the population being under the age of 44, the economy in the region has seen rapid growth in recent years within its core economic bases of agriculture, oil and gas exploration and tourism. 

Over 1 million acres of productive farm land for both crops and livestock and over 800 farms, makes the County of Newell a productive agricultural region. Over 30,000 productive gas wells contribute to the success of Alberta's oil and gas industry. Tourism is bolstered by the many opportunities for water activities at Lake Newell, unique prairie scenery, adventures at Dinosaur Provincial Park, hunting opportunities and western rodeo action. The county and its communities host numerous recreational facilities and activities such as golf courses, museums, campgrounds, and restaurants. 

The County of Newell consists of the Hamlets of Gem, Patricia, Lake Newell Resort, Rainier, Rolling Hills, Tilley and Scandia.

City of Brooks

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The City of Brooks is one of the fastest growing and most culturally diverse communities within Alberta, boasting a population of 14,451. With the steadily growing population Brooks offers a wide range of expanding services, including a new Fire Hall, the Medicine Hat College Brooks campus, numerous restaurants, grocery and retail establishments, and various sports complexes. 

The City of Brooks has consecutively won Communities in Bloom four times for the city’s population category. Brooks is now competing at the national level. The City of Brooks is also the home to the 2013 RBC Cup Champions, the Brooks Bandits. With the city’s Centennial Regional Arena, which boasts 1,704 seats, the Bandits can pack the house with the support of Brooks’s strong community spirit.

Town of Bassano

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The Town of Bassano is conveniently located just off the Trans-Canada Highway, nestled in the middle of Calgary and Medicine Hat. Bassano is home to 1,206 citizens forming a community that thrives on agriculture, manufacturing industries, and oil and gas. 

With Southern Alberta’s warm summers and a combination of miles of irrigation systems, outstanding quality crops makes the Bassano area one of the most stable growing environments in Alberta. Dedication to heritage and pioneer values is why Bassano lies within the heart of Canada’s bread basket. The cowboy lifestyle is alive and thriving with Bassano ranchers producing the best beef in the West by a Dam-Site! 

The commercial industry is a true asset of Bassano. Not only is the Town of Bassano the leader in electrical and mechanical manufacturing, Bassano also delivers to the American Markets, with easy access to the Trans-Canada Highway, C.P Rail's mainline and the Bassano airport. Beyond the working environment Bassano has much more to offer including the annual rodeo, the Bassano golf course, the Bassano Dam, a new outdoor community swimming pool, and more!

Village of Duchess

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Duchess is a bustling village located about 16 km north of Brooks, Alberta, just off the Veterans Memorial highway. With over 1,000 residents and growing quickly, the Village of Duchess offers a full range of services and facilities that rival any small community. 

Winter activities include; curling, skating, indoor soccer, hockey, adult evening sports at the school, a Christmas craft sale and the many activities featured at the community hall. Summer activities are abundant including baseball, soccer, and our own 9-hole golf course. Many activities within the village center on the churches, the school and the hall. Doll club, 50+ club, ladies quilting, Sunday services, dessert theatres, fall fair, craft sales and mom and tot groups are abundant in the community. 

Local businesses include garages, hairdressers, a convenience store, restaurants, a laundromat, and a hotel, among others ensuring residents have the convenience of urban living but the lifestyle found only in the Village of Duchess.

Village of Rosemary

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“It’s such a strong, family-oriented community,” says Rosemary Mayor Yoko Fujimoto, describing the village of nearly 400 residents. The Village of Rosemary boasts a K-12 school, recreational complex, a track, ball diamonds, tennis courts, a centennial park, beach volleyball courts and much more. The crowning achievement of Rosemary is their spectacular Canada Day festivities. From a parade to snowmobile races, a mud bog, face paint, musical entertainment, and the best fireworks in the county, there is something for everyone!

Where the grain elevator and railway line used to sit, new homes are being built. Newcomers to the safe and active community find in-town amenities such as the post office, bakery, furniture store, churches, and an Alberta Treasury Branch. Part of the new vision for Rosemary includes a focus on economic development and tourism. “The future of Rosemary depends on encouraging locally-supported commercial growth,” adds Fujimoto. The local economy depends on agriculture and the oil patch, but many people, including another 400 in the surrounding area, are involved in other business and social services. For those seeking the rural lifestyle but employed elsewhere, Rosemary is a short drive from Brooks, and within two hours of Medicine Hat, Lethbridge, and Calgary.

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