The mission of Economic Developers Alberta (EDA) is to enhance Alberta's economic development profession by providing effective training, information and networking opportunities.
EDA is Alberta's only professional organization for economic developers. Our broad and varied membership base includes:municipalities; towns; regions; tourism groups; financial institutions; Crown Corporations; businesses; Regional Economic Development Authorities; Community Futures Development Corporations; federal, provincial, regional and municipal government agencies; students; NGO’s; and other groups and individuals that are either involved or interested in economic development. One of our goals is to coordinate educational programs for professionals involved or interested in economic development.
Our Community Economic Development Training Program (CEDTP) delivers world-class training through seven courses in a series. They are designed to deliver information on best practices and established economic development tools.
The first course in the series, Economic Development Establishing the Foundation is designed to provide a basic understanding of economic development and how you can best serve your community. Click here to see the steps to book the course.
This course is now available online (May 28-June 25) through the University of Calgary.
Our advanced courses are designed to deepen your knowledge in economic development along with giving you the tools to advance your economic development practice. Completion of these courses may be applied to the Certified Economic Developers (EcD) designation. It's easy to book a course, click here to see the steps. Hosting a course in your region is an excellent way to build capacity.
"These (CEDTP) courses provide an excellent understanding of the role of economic development and the community commitment it takes. Economic development doesn't happen on its own; partnerships make economic development effective."
Al Kemmere, Past Chair, Central Alberta Economic Partnership.
2013 is an election year. EDA offers a course elected officials will benefit from. Economic Development for the Elected Official gives this unique group of community leaders the information they need to help their communities thrive.
EDA has partnered with the University of Calgary-Faculty of Continuing Education to offer a Professional Management Certificate-Economic Developers.
EDA also has a scholarship program to help you with your professional development.