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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, or renew your 2016 membership today.

EDA Resources - Wood Buffalo Business Recovery Hotline

In the beginning of May, 2016 a wildfire swept through the Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo (RMWB) including the City of Fort McMurray. Insurance companies estimate this wildfire is the costliest disaster in Canadian history.

In disasters such as this, emergency responders have a critical role in managing the crisis and attending to the physical needs of the people in the region, it is important to note that economic developers also have a critical role in economic and business recovery in a disaster.  By helping to get businesses back on their feet, livelihoods are restored, and business and economic recovery efforts are accelerated.

EDA stepped in during this crisis and using its Economic Disaster Recovery Program (EDRP) as a template, began to provide additional leadership and experience the RMWB needed to assist them in their business and economic recovery efforts.  On May 30, 2016, the first step in their business recovery efforts was taken. EDA established the Wood Buffalo Business Recovery Hotline in Calgary, Alberta. The Hotline was designed to register small businesses, gather information about their immediate needs and provide access to various resources, including providing emergency financial relief on behalf of the Canadian Red Cross. The Hotline was developed and operated by EDA, in close collaboration with the RMWB. This was phase one of an overall strategy to restore the economy in the region and it was a huge success.  

At the end of August 2016, over 4000 small businesses were registered at the hotline, with 3,496 of them eligible to receive $1000 each in emergency financial aid from the Canadian Red Cross. 

EDA’s contribution to the hotline project is now complete as a new phase of business recovery is underway.

We are proud of the work we did to assist our members in the RMWB, and wish them all the best as they continue with their business and economic recovery efforts.  

To read more about the Wood Buffalo Business Recovery Hotline and EDA’s role click here. 

EDA Professional Development - Community Economic Development Training Program:

EDA is offering several online courses in its Community Economic Development Training Program (CEDTP). These courses are designed to enhance your professional development by delivering information on the best practices and established tools you can use to help your region thrive. 

Our next course: 

Business Retention and Expansion
September 6 - October 4
Online through the University of Calgary

Register here

This course equips you with the skills to grow the business community in your region which in turn helps to provide a long term sustainable community foundation. 

See the 2016 calendar here.

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.

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