It was a little over a year ago that Alpeci, in the province of Alpes-de-Haute-Provence, announced that its residents would have the opportunity to go to work in the ski resort town of Cotterell.
And now, thanks to a generous $1.5 million in investment from the Canadian government, the town is now producing the majority of its workforce.
Now, the province has given Alpecci the green light to add another 3,000 jobs to its already-thriving economy, in a move that has put the town in the middle of the spotlight of the global economy.
Alpecia has a population of around 4,000, and as of December 31, the average salary of a resident was $53,945, according to the provincial government.
The municipality was already known for being one of the most prosperous in the region, with a median annual income of $40,000.
“We need to do everything we can to be successful, but we’re not going to have the money to do it ourselves,” said Mayor Josep Andrade.
“The government of Canada has offered us the opportunity, and we have to take advantage of it.”
Alpeccans’ unemployment rate is at 4.5 per cent, according the provincial unemployment agency.
The town is not alone in being able to attract employers in the Alps, with several other small towns and cities across France, Germany, Italy, Belgium and the Netherlands also benefitting from the government’s investment.
In 2016, Alpecca was awarded the prestigious European Award for Small Towns.
But the mayor said that was just the beginning of what the government had planned.
“A lot of small towns are going to see this kind of investment in their economy,” said Andrade, who is also the head of the municipal board.
“It will change the way that towns operate and how they run their businesses.”
Alpes de Haute-Poitou-Progès, one of Alpcecia’s largest towns, has seen its unemployment rate jump from 2.4 per cent to 6.3 per cent in the past two years.
“This is something we have seen over the past year, especially in smaller towns like this one, but it’s something that has never happened before,” said Alpaceccan Mayor Jean-Luc Delvigne.
“When we have these types of investments in the economy, we will see a bigger and bigger number of people coming to work here.”
The mayor has already seen some big gains in the town’s economy in the months since he took office in April.
In January, he announced that Alpaci’s unemployment rate had dropped to 3.8 per cent.
He also announced that the municipality was making an investment of $2 million in its tourism industry, which would create 1,200 jobs.
Alpacchi also announced plans to spend $1 million to create a training centre for apprentices in the local area, which has seen an increase in the number of jobs.
The towns economy has also benefited from the arrival of many foreign tourists to the region.
The number of foreign tourists visiting the region has risen by 50 per cent since the summer of 2017, according Toor-Vincent Delvignac, a tourism economist at the Institut de Recherches et d’Éducation du Sud (IRES).
In June, the number went up to more than 1 million.
Delvieres data also shows that the number, however, is not necessarily increasing, because the number is largely dependent on how long a tourist stays in the area.
“There is a huge uncertainty in the tourist market.
For the first time in the history of tourism, we don’t know exactly how long tourists stay in the country, because we don�t have statistics on it,” Delviere said.
“So we don �ve seen a lot of volatility, and it has been very difficult to forecast the future.”
The increase in tourism has had an effect on the economy in Alpecs-de Haute Provence.
The unemployment rate in Alpes was 4.3 in 2017, up from 3.9 per cent the year before, and Delvier said that the town now had an unemployment rate of 5.6 per cent compared to 3 per cent a year earlier.
“People have to work to make ends meet,” said Delvaines CEO Pierre-Michel Guillon.
The town also announced in August that it was considering setting up a youth development centre for young people in the surrounding area. “
With this investment, Alpaca is making a significant contribution to the development of the tourism industry in the municipality.”
The town also announced in August that it was considering setting up a youth development centre for young people in the surrounding area.
The region, which is known for its low unemployment rate, is also seeing