Our Vision: Economic developers provide valued expertise that is integral to fostering an economically prosperous, diverse, sustainable Alberta.
Our Mission: EDA provides leadership to advance economic development as a profession; enhance the professional development of its members; and support Alberta communities in fostering sustainable community economic prosperity.
Economic Developers Alberta (EDA) is Alberta's leading economic development network. For more than 45 years, we have been committed to advancing the economic development profession by providing resources, professional development and networking opportunities. As a non-profit organization, we are governed by a volunteer board of directors that represent the interests of our membership.
Virtual EDA Annual Conference
EDA’s 2020 Annual Conference is now coming to you!
Xperience #EDA2020 is being held November 25-26, 2020 online!
But it's more than just a web call. Get ready for a comprehensive experience that's easy to navigate: all you need is a laptop, phone, or tablet. Any device where you can access the internet.
This means you will be able to stream first-rate professional development, best practices, and information about economic development trends and opportunities directly to your home office, at your kitchen table, or even in your car. Gone are the extra travel costs. Travel restrictions and social distancing won’t be a factor. And you won’t have to worry about travelling on the roads in November!
In fact, this format is going to allow us to have our most expanded reach ever.
Our Xperience #EDA2020 will inspire you, will inform you and provide the most comprehensive networking experience you have ever had!
Community Economic Development Training Program
Business Retention and Expansion (BR&E)
July 21 - August 24
online through the University of Calgary
Global factors are having a big impact on local businesses. BR&E is a primary economic development strategy that is critical right now. Learn how BR&E supports and fosters the development and growth of the business community. In this course you'll explore traditional and emerging BR&E programs.
The flexibility of this online format is convenient as that means you can take this course from your kitchen or home office from anywhere in the world.
Our online courses can be applied to your Ec.D designation.
They are also eligible for credit towards the Management Certificate-Economic Developers offered through the University of Calgary in conjunction with EDA.
Toolkit for Economic Resilience and Recovery
Our toolkit will assist Canadian communities, emergency personnel and elected officials as they continue to prepare for, respond to, and recover from various types of manmade, technological, and natural disasters such as COVID-19. Download the online edition: 2019 edition. To order a hard copy email: firstname.lastname@example.org
As part of our Economic Disaster Recovery Program, we want to ensure our members have access to some of the best training and resources to equip them to assist their businesses, and minimize economic impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic.
We have taken a pause on our free Beyond COVID: Business & Economic Recovery Webinars co-hosted by AUMA. To read the EDA COVID-19 response, click here this includes past recordings of the Webinars.