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.
Economic Development Establishing the Foundation
Online through the University of Calgary
April 28 - June 1
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.
This course can be applied to your Ec.D designation. It is also eligible for credit towards the Management Certificate-Economic Developers offered through the University of Calgary in conjunction with EDA.
* New Dates EDA Annual Conference
November 25-27, 2020
In keeping with the guidelines put forward by the Provincial government as it relates to the spread of the COVID-19 virus, we have taken the decision to postpone our 2020 Annual Conference to November 25 -27, 2020 at the Pomeroy Kananaskis Mountain Lodge.
Between March 20-24, 2020 EDA launched an online Business Impact Survey designed to gather data on the effect the COVID-19 pandemic has had on Alberta businesses. 950 businesses responded. To view the results click on the button below.
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. To find more about our programs, click here.
To download the tip sheet for Alberta Businesses and Community Leaders working to address the social and economic fall-out from the coronavirus click here.
Click on the button below to register for the FREE webinar series as well as see resources we have complied to help you.
Click on this photo of our CEO Leann Hackman-Carty to watch her explain what we are offering with our weekly COVID-19 Webinar series.
First Up Fridays FREE Webinar Series
Final webinar: Friday, April 3
The First Up Fridays FREE webinar series gives you first hand information about the upgrades and improvements to EDA's AlbertaBusinessCounts customer relations management (CRM) system.
Those who already subscribe to our program won't want to miss this. And if you're thinking about signing up, the information is essential.
Each webinar is held from 9:00 - 9:15 AM each Friday over a six week period.
Read about the webinars and register here. They're FREE.