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Mayor's message
Ivan-BrookerWhether you are already a resident of Cochrane or are considering it, thank you for visiting the Town of Cochrane website.

Cochrane is a vibrant, progressive, family-friendly community located just 20 minutes from Calgary, Canada’s new economic engine. Our town, nestled in a legendary valley steeped in Native and pioneer lore, boasts a breathtaking view of the majestic Rocky Mountains.

Our world-famous ranching history is still reflected in the town’s architecture and our friendly people; Cochrane remains committed to preserving its small-town feel, even though we are one of the fastest growing communities in Alberta.

Walk our pedestrian-friendly historic downtown, shop in our quaint shops or dine in our exceptional selection of restaurants that range from sophisticated to relaxed (many of them showcase locally raised beef and produce). There’s fun for the entire family all year with a wide variety of festivals, celebrations and community events.

Nature lovers will appreciate Cochrane’s natural beauty, including the mountain views and access to our well-developed network of pathways.

Cochrane is regarded as one of the best placed to live in Alberta, but it’s also a great place to do business.

If you are looking to establish or relocate a business, Cochrane offers a thriving, dynamic economy and a business-friendly environment. We have embarked on the most significant commercial expansion in the town’s history, and have become a popular choice for many entrepreneurs particularly those in the high-tech and information-based sectors. Our workforce is highly educated and offers a broadly-based skill set that perfectly complements the diverse needs of today’s growing industries.

These reasons have catapulted Cochrane into the 2012 spotlight of Alberta Venture Magazine which proclaimed Cochrane one of the 25 Best Communities for Business: “The town's diversified economy makes it a good fit for the variety of small businesses that operate there….”.

The Canadian Federation of Independent Business ranked the Greater Calgary area (including Cochrane) one of the most entrepreneurial and business-friendly cities in Canada. These advantages, coupled with Cochrane being situated in Alberta which has no sales tax, no employer or employee payroll tax and the highest basic personal tax exemption among all provinces, make it a preferred choice among business leaders and employees.

Whether you’re interested for personal or business reasons: welcome to Cochrane! Join us as we embark on this exciting new era of expansion and growth — we know you’ll thrive here.

Mayor Ivan Brooker

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