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  • August 22, 2014 11:49 AM | Nancy Toombs (Administrator)

    As you look ahead to your September calendars, Economic Developers Alberta (EDA) would like to remind you our next ONLINE course, Business Retention and Expansion, begins September 9.

    Business retention and expansion (BR&E) is a primary economic development strategy that supports the development and growth of the business community. The result of a strong BR&E strategy is a healthy and thriving business community which in turn provides a long term sustainable community foundation.


    Read about the course and register here.
    Business Retention and Expansion

    September 9 - October 7, 2014 (for a total of 15 hours)

    Online through the University of Calgary.

    Here are some of the key outcomes:

    • Explain the rationale for BR&E programs
    • Identify options for BR&E programs
    • Determining types and sources of data that support the selection and development of BR&E programs
    • Recognize the critical nature of ‘red flags," and the need to respond
    • Explore the concept of business incubation, entrepreneurism, and nurturing home-based businesses (HBBs)
    • Identify the tools and resources that can help economic developers support and sustain business
    • Identify how to plan, establish and manage a BR&E program


    These online courses are offered by Economic Developers Alberta (EDA) and are eligible for credit towards the Management Certificate-Economic Developers offered through the University of Calgary in conjunction with EDA.


  • August 18, 2014 8:00 AM | Nancy Toombs (Administrator)

    As most economic developers know, encouraging ‘close cooperation’ between the public and private sectors can be harder than it appears – particularly after a major community crisis.

    Next week, join IEDC's Restore Your Economy for a FREE Webinar to give you tips and tools on how economic developers can create successful relationships with the private sector.

    Creating Successful Partnerships with the Private Sector
    Thursday August 21, 2014
    12:30 -2:00 MST
    Cost: FREE


    Drawing on case studies of recovery from Hurricane Katrina and other recent disasters, this webinar will outline the key actions for developing trusting strategic alliances between the public and private sectors. Learn how to avoid potential pitfalls and to align strategic interests from varying parties.

    This Webinar is part of IEDC's 2014 Disaster Preparedness and Economic Recovery Webinar Series. This 12-part Webinar series is free of charge and provides practical information on key topics in disaster preparedness and economic recovery for economic development organizations and chambers of commerce. Each seminar hosts economic recovery practitioners with real world experience and leadership in the subject matter.

  • August 18, 2014 7:58 AM | Nancy Toombs (Administrator)

    Economic Developers Alberta (EDA) is presenting: D-Days of an Ethical Dilemma in Economic Development;
    the next webinar in our Marketing Master's Series.

    Whether you are dealing with prospects, business owners, board members, community leaders or staff…a little common sense goes a long way. But the issues we face in this field are far from clear cut.

    D-Days of an Ethical Dilemma in Economic Development.
    August 21, 2014
    12:00 - 1:30 pm (MST)

    Jay Moon, President and CEO of the Mississippi Manufacturers Association, will give you tips and tools based on best practices to navigate ethical dilemmas in economic development. Learn from Jay’s insightful overview of ethics and observations from the field.

  • July 22, 2014 11:15 AM | Nancy Toombs (Administrator)



    Economic Developers Alberta (EDA) is launching its new and official publication: Invest In Alberta, and EDA members have an exclusive opportunity to get involved.

    Invest In Alberta is a proven tool to help you raise the profile of your community's products and services to local, national and international decision makers entering the Alberta market or expanding to other regions.

    EDA members are being offered the first chance to advertise in Invest In Alberta and are the only advertisers who will be offered a 50% rebate on their advertising on a first come, first served basis. Act now as funds are limited!

    The process is simple: contact Katherine Butler at: 1-800-208-2011 ext 158 or e-mail kbutler@biv.com and she will help you place your ad and answer any questions you may have. To receive your rebate, e-mail your ad receipt (proof of purchase) to nancy.toombs@edaalberta.ca.

    Our Invest in Alberta publication will represent all of our economic regions and will have a circulation of over 9,500 to business leaders, managers and influencers, business investment decision makers, innovators and entrepreneurs.

    "EDA is committed to helping you in your efforts to grow and maintain a strong and diverse economy and Invest in Alberta is an excellent tool to assist you in your community economic development efforts," said Leann Hackman-Carty EDA CEO. "We are pleased to partner with BIV Media Group in this initiative as this company has a proven track record with our colleagues at BC Economic Development Association (BCEDA)." 

    The publication date for Invest in Alberta is December 2014.

  • July 08, 2014 1:36 PM | Nancy Toombs (Administrator)

    Economic Developers Alberta (EDA) is presenting Monetizing Economic Development; the next webinar in its Marketing Masters Series:

    Monetizing Economic Development
    Thursday July 24, 2014
    12:00 - 1:30 pm (MST)
    Register here

    Funding economic development efforts is a challenge. This webinar will focus on both the traditional methods being used as well as the innovative approaches being taken.
    With our panel of experienced practitioners, learn the concepts and procedures they use to raise the money necessary to carry out the mission of their organizations.
    The panel will discuss funding, cost sharing, foundations and crowd funding sourcing, and other approaches being used. Learn how to engage your community, leadership team, and yourself in the process.

  • June 19, 2014 1:21 PM | Nancy Toombs (Administrator)


    Economic Developers Alberta (EDA) is commemorating the one year anniversary of the worst flood in Alberta's history by releasing the Economic Disaster Recovery Project (EDRP) Summary Report; an overview of recommendations for flood impacted communities, as well as a range of recommendations for other key stakeholders and organizations involved with economic recovery work.

    Read the Summary Report here.


    In response to the unprecedented flooding in Alberta one year ago, EDA partnered with the British Columbia Economic Development Association (BCEDA) to develop and implement the EDRP; a volunteer-led initiative equipping economic development professionals in flood impacted communities with the tools and best practice information to re-establish their communities' economic competitiveness.

    "This report provides a summary of the EDRP Team’s recommendations, as well as some new recommendations specifically created for other public, private and non-profit stakeholders that have the ability to help influence, and more efficiently respond to future economic disruptions," said Leann Hackman-Carty EDA CEO. "As a region and country, if we are to become better at preparing for, responding to and recovering from economic disruptions; whether they are natural or man-made disasters; it is important that we learn from what worked, and to identify ways we could respond more effectively in the future."

    The EDRP was designed as a unique blended learning opportunity to provide economic development practitioners, and those in supporting roles, with both theoretical and practical training. It has several elements one of which is community consultations where volunteers conducted site visitations and planning sessions with each of the participant communities. The recommendations in the summary report were derived from these community consultations.


    About the EDRP

    The EDRP is lead by Economic Developers Alberta (EDA) and the British Columbia Economic Development Association (BCEDA), with the International Economic Development Council (IEDC) as the its third organizational partner. The EDRP is funded by a blend of private sector, not-for-profit and government partners. They are: The Government of Alberta, Ministry of Innovation and Advanced Education; The Canadian Red Cross; RBC; Shell Canada Ltd. and the Consulate General of the United States of America, Calgary.



  • June 18, 2014 10:56 AM | Nancy Toombs (Administrator)

    If you want the tools to build an entrepreneur friendly rural community then register for EDA's next Webinar in its Marketing Masters Series:

    Energizing Entrepreneurial Communities : Pathway to Prosperity
    Tuesday, June 24
    12:00 - 1:30 pm (MST)
    Register here

    Drawing from the book, "Energizing Entrepreneurial Communities: A Pathway to Prosperity" you will receive a roadmap to get started or to move an existing program forward.


    Author Don Macke, Director of the Center for Rural Entrepreneurship's Entrepreneurial Communities initiative, and Deborah Markley, the Center's Managing Director, have honed an approach, built tools, and assembled resources to help rural leaders in communities of all sizes create a supportive ecosystem for their entrepreneurs to increase the economic development impact.


    With the webinar, every registrant will receive an e-copy of the book A Pathway to Prosperity. Plus, you will also get the keys to e2 University, the Center's online resource center where the authors continually update their work and peers exchange information and ideas to speed entrepreneurial success.


    Bring your questions. Bring your team. Test your approach against a proven model or start your entrepreneurial eco-system to advance your economic development agenda.

  • June 04, 2014 9:18 AM | Nancy Toombs (Administrator)

    Economic Developers Alberta (EDA) is pleased to present a four-part webinar series designed to provide you with information and training relating to our AlbertaBusinessCounts Program.

    AlbertaBusinessCounts is an excellent tool to help you with your business retention and expansion strategy as it gives your community a consistent method for gathering the data needed to identify and analyze business needs at the local, regional and provincial level.

    If your community is currently using, or interested in becoming a licensed user for this software, don’t miss these training webinars. Click on the links below to read about and register for these webinars.

    Webinar #1 - June 20
    12:00-1:00 pm
    Adding Information to the AlbertaBusinessCounts Database for Business Retention and More

    Webinar #2- August 15
    12:00-1:00 pm
    Creating Groups, Action Items, Journal Entries and More

    Webinar #3- October 17
    12:00-1:00 pm
    Understanding the Portfolios for Companies, Contacts, Users and Groups

    Webinar #4 - December 12
    12:00-1:00pm
    Basic and Advanced Reporting and Analytics

    EDA holds the provincial master license for Executive Pulse, a software designed to collect and analyze data on existing industries in Alberta. A special licensing agreement enables EDA to make this software available to economic development organizations at a reduced price.

    EDA has partnered with Executive Pulse for this webinar program.

    See the various Alberta Communities who have recently signed up for the AlbertaBusinessCounts Program.

  • June 04, 2014 9:15 AM | Nancy Toombs (Administrator)

    Is a more efficient business retention and expansion strategy part of your economic development plan?

    Economic Developers Alberta (EDA) has a program that can help you with that. It's called AlbertaBusinessCounts and is designed to give your community a consistent method for gathering data needed to identify and analyze business needs at the local, regional and provincial level. The program is similar to BC Business Counts and Business Counts Saskatchewan.

    EDA holds the provincial master license for Executive Pulse, a software designed to collect and analyze data on existing industries in Alberta. A special licensing agreement enables EDA to make this software available to economic development organizations at a reduced price.

    Even though the program was only launched a few months ago, several Alberta communities have already signed up to participate in the AlbertaBusinessCounts program.

    "By participating in AlbertaBusinessCounts, economic development professionals can continue to build relationships with existing businesses, which will help identify growth opportunities, better forecast investment and connect them to important resources. Understanding who is in your back yard is absolutely essential if you want to implement a successful business retention and expansion program in your community," said Leann Hackman-Carty, EDA Chief Executive Officer.

    AlbertaBusinessCounts is available for your community to license now.

  • April 28, 2014 11:43 AM | Nancy Toombs (Administrator)
    In eight days, Economic Developers Alberta's (EDA) online course, Economic Development Establishing the Foundation, begins. Sign up now to secure your spot.

    Economic Development:Establishing the Foundation

    May 6 - June 3, 2014 (for a total of 15 hours)

    Register Here

    This course will provide you with the basic strategies to apply community-driven economic development principles in your community.

    Here are some of the key outcomes:
    • Identify what economic development is
    • Determine your role in the function of economic development
    • Examine the principles and theories of economic development
    • Explain the concept of community economic development (CED) versus traditional economic development
    • Identify how projects link into the continuous process of community-driven economic development
    • Describe the key elements of an economic development strategic plan
    • Identify the tools and resources that can help economic developers successfully meet local development challenges
    In 2014 EDA is offering several online courses; read about them and register by clicking on this link.

    These online courses are offered by Economic Developers Alberta (EDA) and are eligible for credit towards the Management Certificate-Economic Developers offered through the University of Calgary in conjunction with EDA.

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