Economic Developers Alberta (EDA) is Alberta's leading economic development network. For over 40 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. Our varied membership includes: municipalities; towns; regions; tourism groups; financial institutions; Crown Corporations; businesses; Regional Economic Development Authorities; Community Futures Development Corporations.  Join now.

Economic Developers Alberta has received two prestigious international awards from the International Economic Development Council (IEDC). EDA President Bev Thornton received the Jeffery A Finkle Organizational Leadership Award for her outstanding work. She is the first Canadian to receive this award. EDA received the Bronze Excellence in Economic Development Award for the Wood Buffalo Business Recovery Hotline. 

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EDA's Course for Elected Officials 

Every elected official should have knowledge of the essentials of economic development and the tools that are available to assist with economic development projects.

Economic Developers Alberta (EDA) can help you with that.

By taking our Economic Development for Elected Officials course you will get an overview of the key topics that make up the system of economic development. There will also be a discussion of your role as a local leader, and fundamental ways elected officials can become informed and strategic decision-makers, be effective communicators and take a leadership role in economic development.

Contact admin@edaalberta.ca and get the ball rolling.

Remember that economic development is a process, not an event. There has to be a long-term commitment of time and resources from a broad cross-section of your community.

Read more about the course here. 




Invest in Alberta 2018

Production of the 2018 edition of Invest in Alberta is now underway. Invest in Alberta is the official magazine of Economic Developers Alberta (EDA) and highlights the hard work and innovative thinking of EDA and it's members. Stories in the magazine explore new and inventive opportunities for investors to see significant returns. 

Book your ad today. Invest in Alberta reaches a powerful and influential audience in Alberta and around the world shining a light on the editing advantage our province has to offer. Rate card. 

Contact Anita McGillis: amcgillis@redpointmedia.ca 

Ph: 403.909.9839

More about Invest in Alberta here. 

Community Economic Development Training Program (CEDTP) 

Economic Development Establishing the Foundation

This course will provide you with a good foundation of knowledge, tools and resources for working within community economic development and with elected officials, economic development practitioners, and stakeholders.

Economic Development Establishing the Foundation 
November 14 - December 18, 2017
Online through the University of Calgary

Register here

Watch this clip to learn how our CEDTP courses can benefit your professional development: 

These courses are eligible for credits towards the Management Certificate-Economic Developers offered through the University of Calgary in conjunction with EDA. It can also be applied to your Ec.D designation. Our next course is 

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