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  • January 06, 2016 9:01 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Get the best price on EDA's 2016 Annual Conference registration by registering for the conference now. The deadline for the final early-bird prices is Friday, January 15

    EDA's Annual Conference is being held April 6-8 at the Delta Kananaskis Lodge. 

    As well, EDA has a block of rooms reserved at the Delta Kananaskis Lodge so be sure to book your hotel room before January 15th to secure your room and to get the best price.

    Please remember to quote you are with Economic Developers Alberta (EDA) or you won't qualify to book in our reserved block of rooms.

    If for some reason you are having an issue booking, please contact Cassandra Brown at the Delta at 403-591-6253 or cassandra.brown@deltahotels.com.

    Follow us on Twitter @edaalberta #EDA2016 for all the latest information about the 2016 Conference. 

    There will be exciting developments this year, you won't want to miss out. 

    See you at the Conference. 

  • January 04, 2016 9:00 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    EDA's Awards of Excellence Program recognizes the best in economic development in the province. Honour the professionals who have made a significant contribution by submitting your nomination now.  The deadline for submissions is Friday, February 26.  

    Click here to see the award categories and read how you can submit entires online. 

    The awards will be presented at our 2016 Annual Conference April 6–8 in Kananaskis. Be sure to register before our next early-bird deadline of January 15.  

    Follow us on Twitter @edaalberta #EDA2016 for all the latest information about the 2016 Conference. 

    There will be exciting developments this year, you won't want to miss out.

    See you at the Conference. 

  • December 16, 2015 1:15 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Many of you are likely spending the week wrapping things up at the office before the Christmas holidays begin and looking ahead to your January calendars. Plan today to attend EDA's next online course through the University of Calgary as it begins the 3rd week of the new year. 

    Business Retention and Expansion
    January 19 - February 16, 2016

    Read about the course and register here.

    This course is designed to increase your understanding of the importance of building, retaining and expanding a strong business community; and to promote the understanding of business retention and expansion (BR&E) as a primary economic development strategy.

    Plan your 2016 professional development today by registering for our other courses in EDA's Community Economic Development Training Program (CEDTP). Next year's schedule for all of our online courses is posted on our website. 

    2016 CEDTP Course Calendar

    As you know, EDA's Community Economic Development Training Program (CEDTP) is an excellent professional development opportunity for those in the field of economic development. Our program helps your competitive advantage by offering a variety of courses designed to deliver information on the best practices and established tools you can use to help your region thrive.

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

    #EDAOnline 

  • December 16, 2015 1:09 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Recruiting and retaining talent is one of the greatest challenges facing economic development organizations today, and telling your community’s story requires using multiple channels. When it comes to attracting and keeping the millennial workforce, one channel that is often overlooked or under-utilized is Instagram.

    Join us  for this 90-minute webinar (60-minute presentation; 30-minute Q&A) where our speaker, Timothy Haines, will show us how Instagram can aid economic development professionals in telling their community’s story to attract talent!

    Instragram for Targeted Talent Recruitment
    Thursday, December 17
    12:00 - 1:30 pm (MT)

    Register here  *Please note the prices listed are in USD

    What You'll Learn:

    • What are the basics of Instagram 
    • How to use Instagram for target marketing & advertising
    • Using advanced tools to schedule and automate your social media marketing efforts
    • Next steps for your organization

    Owned by Facebook, Instagram is a powerful tool that uses the Facebook ad platform.  Economic development professionals can use Instagram to attract and retain talent by targeting specific job titles, college degrees, and life events, such as "recently moved" or "likely to move soon.”  You won't want to miss this session. 


  • December 14, 2015 1:13 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Check your mailboxes this week as EDA's 2016 edition of Invest in Alberta is being mailed today.  We had a sneak peek at the publication and we are very pleased with the final product. 

    If you would like to take a look at a digital copy of Invest in Alberta, please visit our website here.

    Invest in Alberta is being circulated to 15,000 key decision makers in North America and around the world. 

    Alberta-based Venture Publishing produced Invest in Alberta. 

  • December 11, 2015 1:11 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Plan today to enrol in EDA's next online course in our Community Economic Development Training Program (CEDTP) through the University of Calgary. 

    Business Retention and Expansion 
    January 19 - February 16, 2016

    Read about the course and register here.

    This course is designed to increase your understanding of the importance of building, retaining and expanding a strong business community; and to promote the understanding of business retention and expansion (BR&E) as a primary economic development strategy.

    If you are planning ahead for 2016, next years 's schedule for all of our online courses is posted on our website. All courses are available for registration.   

    2016 CEDTP Course Calendar

    As you know, EDA's Community Economic Development Training Program (CEDTP) is an excellent professional development opportunity for those in the field of economic development. Our program helps your competitive advantage by offering a variety of courses designed to deliver information on the best practices and established tools you can use to help your region thrive.

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

    #EDAOnline 


  • November 27, 2015 8:07 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    This is a reminder that the first early bird deadline for EDA's 2016 Annual Conference April 6 to 8, 2016 is next Monday, November 30. Register here. Ensure you get the best rate at the Delta Kananaskis Lodge by booking your hotel room now.  

    The theme for the 2016 Conference is "Resilience Renewal and Reinvention."  

    The next deadline is January 15, 2016. Then the final deadline for registration with no discount is March 25, 2016.  

    Being a Partner of our Conference ensures your message reaches over 300 economic development professionals and elected officials from across Alberta and North America. If you would like to be an EDA Partner in our event please download the 2016 Partnership Program. You can also fill out an online partnership form here. 

    A draft conference agenda will be posted soon. 

    We will also be making an exciting announcement at the 2016 event, you won't want to miss it. 

    Follow us on Twitter @edaalberta #EDA2016 for all the latest information about the 2016 Conference. 

    See you at the Conference. 

  • November 25, 2015 10:41 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Plan today to enrol in EDA's CEDTP online courses through the University of Calgary. The schedule for 2016 is now posted on our website. All courses are now available for registration.  

    2016 CEDTP Course Calendar

    The next course is our Business Retention and Expansion course held January 19 - February 16, 2016. 

    Read about the course and register here.

    As you know, EDA's Community Economic Development Training Program (CEDTP) is an excellent professional development opportunity for those in the field of economic development. Our program helps your competitive advantage by offering a variety of courses designed to deliver information on the best practices and established tools you can use to help your region thrive.

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

    #EDAOnline 

  • November 16, 2015 8:32 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Planning is well underway for EDA's 2016 Annual Conference April 6 to 8, 2016 At the Delta Kananaskis Lodge in Kansnaskis, Alberta. 

    The theme for the 2016 Conference is "Resilience Renewal and Reinvention."  

    We have begun to take registrations for the Conference. Please log onto our website and register here. 

    The deadline for the best early bird price is November 30, 2015.  The next deadline is January 15, 2016. Then the final deadline for registration with no discount is March 25, 2016.  

    If you would like to be a presenter at the conference please review the call for Conference Papers guidelines. The deadline for submissions is December 1, 2015.

    Being a Partner of our Conference ensures your message reaches over 300 economic development professionals and elected officials from across Alberta and North America. If you would like to be an EDA Partner in our event please download the 2016 Partnership Program. 

    We will be making an exciting announcement at the 2016 event, you won't want to miss it. 

    Follow us on Twitter #EDA 2016 for all the latest information about the 2016 Conference. 


  • November 09, 2015 11:37 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    This is a reminder that tomorrow is the first of two Conference Board of Canada Webinars being held this week. EDA members are eligible to save 50% on the registration fee. 

    Bottom of the Oil Price Barrel : The Alberta Business Outlook
    Tuesday, November 10
    1:00-2:00pm (MST)
    Full Price $399
    EDA Price $199

    Read about the Webinar here. The special rate will not be available through the website, if you would like to take advantage, please contact Joel Elliott directly at: elliott@conferenceboard.ca and quote rebate code EXEDA1. 

    The second webinar is belong held this Friday: 

    Post-Election Canadian Outlook with the Chief Economist - Autumn 2015

    Friday, November 13
    12:00-1:00pm (MST)
    Full Price $399

    EDA Price $199

    Read about the Webinar here. The special rate will not be available through the website, if you would like to take advantage, please contact Joel Elliott directly at: elliott@conferenceboard.ca and quote rebate code EXEDA1. 


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