Foothills County is looking ahead to a great economy this year.

Reeve Delilah Miller says their new Economic Development Committee is looking to attract more business to the area.

"We have some members at large and then we have some councilors that sit on that committee and the idea is to try and bring some interest into that industrial corridor (between High River and Aldersyde) and advertise that we'll be open for business once we get our water treatment plant up and running and we're certainly making some big strides in that area as well," she says. 

Rocky Mountain Equipment, a farm equipment dealership now centered in High River is building a new facility on the east side of Highway 2 across from the town, in the county's Foothills Crossing Development.

Miller says they're also trying to address crime in the area.

"The other committee that we've started is we have a new policing committee and we have some of our Rural Crimewatch groups as part of that and our RCMP members from all the areas surrounding the county, so Okotoks, High River, Diamond Valley as well as some councilors that sit on that committee, always working on rural crime and finding ways that we can try to move that to the forefront with the province and hopefully bring some light to our residents and get some feedback from our residents on just what their concerns are and what's still happening in the area with regards to rural crime," Miller says.

The County has officially taken over full ownership of the airport just south of High River and re-named it the Foothills Regional Airport.

New signage and an official opening will be held at some point in the future.