About Us 

Successful economic development requires the coordinated, collaborative effort of many individuals and organizations. Accessing a wide network of professionals is essential if you want to succeed in the field of economic development.

Economic Developers Alberta (EDA) is the leading economic development network in Alberta. EDA’s 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 the ways we connect our members to this local, national and international network is through providing a range of events and seminars throughout the year. Our annual conference enables you to network with other economic development professionals, learn about new trends and advances in the field, hear best practices, and develop your professional skill set.

One of our other goals is to create awareness and understanding for the entire spectrum of community economic development issues. In order to do this, we provide our members and key stakeholders with a range of valuable information, tools and resources on an ongoing basis. This includes sharing best practices; providing access to established tools that help you grow and maintain a strong, diverse economy; identifying emerging issues and trends in the field; distributing regular and timely information bulletins; and delivering relevant content on EDA’s website. In addition, our affiliations with other local, national and international groups enable us to access a wealth of other information, resources and professional contacts. EDA is a non-profit organization governed by a volunteer board of directors, representing the interests of the membership as a whole. Established officially on February 15, 1974. We are proud to be known as Alberta's economic development network.

OUR VISION

To be Alberta's leading economic development organization recognized for its outstanding networking opportunities, professional development, products and services.

OUR MISSION

To enhance Alberta's economic development profession by providing effective professional development, information and networking opportunities.

CODE OF ETHICS

To view our Code of Ethics, click here. To view our current bylaws click here.

 

WHAT IS ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT?

Economic Development is the process of developing, diversifying and maintaining suitable economic, social, and political environments, in which balanced growth may be realized, increasing the wealth of the community.   

Key Elements of EDA’s definition include:

  1. Process:  Economic development is a process, not a project.  It is a series of steps that build on one another to create a desired outcome.
  2. Diversification: into different markets, or attracting different industries, can reduce the impact of any single event in one market or industry on the local community.
  3. Suitable:  The community or region must determine what it believes is suitable for its particular circumstances. Population characteristics, resources, and the desires of residents will affect the types of Environments: economic, political, and social environments. Economic development does not happen in a vacuum, but is affected by other elements or environments.
  4. Balanced growth: is an important consideration.
  5. Wealth:  Each community or region defines wealth differently. While wealth is often determined in financial terms, it may also include factors such as job creation, direct project costs, additional assessment base and/or lifestyle considerations.

Your Economic Development Network in Alberta 

Toll Free Phone: 1.866.671.8182 

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