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  • August 27, 2015 10:51 AM | Nancy Toombs (Administrator)

    This fall, EDA is offering several professional development opportunities; online and in person. The following is a list of courses we are offering to enhance your skill set: 

    1. September 8 - October 6
    Business Retention and Expansion (BR&E)
    Online

    Read more about the course and Register here

    This course is part of our Community Economic Development Training Program (CEDTP) and 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.  


    2. October 2nd
    Economic Development for Elected Officials Course
    1-day
    Camrose, AB

    This course is designed for elected officials and those who work with them. Read about our Elected Officials Course

    Register here


    3. October 13 - November 10
    Business and Investment Attraction (B&IA)
    Online

    Read more about the course and Register here

    This course is part of our CEDTP and is designed to give you the tools to develop business investment strategies that will help your community expand its economic base. *EDA members receive a 50% rebate on the registration for this course. Simply register then send your receipt to admin@edaalberta.ca to receive your rebate. 


    4. October 29-30

    IEDC Workforce Development Strategies Course
    Matrix Hotel, Edmonton 

    Register here   *early bird deadline is September 17, 2015

    EDA's strategic partner the International Economic Development Council (IEDC) is offering a 2-day course designed to deliver information on the collaborative programs that will help upgrade the skills of your community’s existing workforce. With this course you are eligible to earn credits toward your CEcD certification.


    5. November 17 - December 15
    Economic development Establishing the Foundation
    Online

    Read more about the course and Register Here

    This course is the first one in our CEDTP series and is designed to give you a comprehensive understanding and the basic tools to practice economic development in your community. 


    Don't forget, by contacting us at admin@edaalberta.ca you can arrange for EDA to come to you to facilitate one of the courses in our program in person.

    The CEDTP courses are eligible for credit 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.


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  • August 25, 2015 10:35 AM | Nancy Toombs (Administrator)

    Don't forget EDA's Business Retention and Expansion (BR&E) online course begins in exactly two weeks so register today.

    Business Retention and Expansion (BR&E)
    Sept 8 - Oct 6 (for a total of 15 hours)
    Online

    Read more about the course and 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.  

    As you know, EDA's Community Economic Development Training Program (CEDTP) 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.

    To register for an in-person BR&E course gather your team and simply email: admin@edaalberta.ca

    This course is eligible for credit 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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  • August 24, 2015 10:12 AM | Nancy Toombs (Administrator)

    Summer is winding down and most of you are looking ahead in your calendars planning for Fall.

    EDA has an opportunity for the Elected Officials in our province (and those who work with them) to gain a comprehensive understanding on how economic development works in their communities.

    EDA's Course for Elected Officials is a one-day course that delivers information on the facts and tools this unique group of community leaders needs to understand and reinforce economic development initiatives.  

    Become a champion of economic development! Join us in Camrose in October:

    Course for Elected Officials
    Friday, October 2, 2015

    More information and register here


    If you would like to book a course in your community simply e-mail admin@edaalberta.ca 


  • August 21, 2015 4:00 PM | Nancy Toombs (Administrator)

    The Government of Alberta is inviting you to participate in the Alberta Business Partnering and Investment Attraction Mission, January 16-26, 2016

    Showcase your investment opportunity at a series of investment attraction seminars in the cities of Hong Kong, Shanghai, Singapore and Tokyo with the support of the Government of Alberta and Alberta’s International Offices. This seminar series will connect Alberta participants with prospective Asian investors.  

    Please share this call for Expressions of Interest with companies in your networks that are actively interested in enhancing business ties in Asia and attracting investment for company growth or to advance a specific project. 

    This is an excellent opportunity for Alberta companies to extend their reach into regional supply chains and export markets by way of an Asian partner. 

    Participants will be asked to complete a two page investment opportunity profile that will be used for match-making with local companies in each city.

    Regional economic development agencies are also invited to participate.

    The Expression of Interest deadline is September 7, 2015.

    Please contact Joe So, Director – Trade and Investment – Northeast Asia, directly at  Joe.So@gov.ab.ca 

    Read more about the opportunity here


  • August 17, 2015 2:44 PM | Nancy Toombs (Administrator)

    The International Economic Development Council (IEDC) is coming to Edmonton this fall. 

    Plan now to attend IEDC's Workforce Development Strategies Course in Edmonton October 29-30.

    IEDC Workforce Development Strategies Course
    October 29-30, 2015
    Matrix Hotel, Edmonton

    Register here

    *early bird deadline is September 17, 2015

    Skilled workers are the backbone of a productive and efficient economy. Investigate the strong relationship between economic and workforce development through case studies, practical examples, and current research. Learn about what collaborative programs will help upgrade the skills of your community’s existing workforce. 

    You will also learn about the collaborative programs will help upgrade the skills of your community’s existing workforce. Other topics of discussion will include: talent attraction, K-12 development, and integration, occupational analysis, and target industry clusters. 

    With this course you are eligible to earn credits toward your CEcD certification.

    Don't miss out!

    To download the flyer click here.

    For specific questions call 202-223-7800


  • August 04, 2015 9:38 AM | Nancy Toombs (Administrator)

    The summer is passing by quickly and many of you are now planning for September and beyond. EDA would like to remind you our next online course, Business Retention and Expansion begins next month.  

    Business Retention and Expansion (BR&E)

    Sept 8 - Oct 6 (for a total of 15 hours)

    Online

    Register here


    This course will help you to master the skill of growing the business community in your region.

    The strong result of a strong BR&E strategy is a healthy and thriving business community which in turn provides a long term sustainable community foundation.  

    As you know, EDA's Community Economic Development Training Program (CEDTP) 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.

    To register for an in-person BR&E course gather your team and simply email: admin@edaalberta.ca

    This course is eligible for credit 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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  • July 16, 2015 1:55 PM | Nancy Toombs (Administrator)

    If you want to master the skill of growing the business community in your region, then register EDA's next online course, Business Retention and Expansion. 

    Business Retention and Expansion (BR&E)
    Sept 8 - Oct 6 (for a total of 15 hours)
    Online

    Register here


    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.  

    As you know, EDA's Community Economic Development Training Program (CEDTP) 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.

    To register for an in-person BR&E course gather your team and simply email: admin@edaalberta.ca


    This course is eligible for credit 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.


    #EDAOnline

  • July 13, 2015 2:01 PM | Nancy Toombs (Administrator)

    In one month, EDA and Executive Pulse will be offering another FREE training webinar in our AlbertaBusinessCounts Program. 

    Called Modules and What They Do, you'll learn how Executive Pulse software works with all newer, major web browsers and how it provides integration with mainstay office suites and email packages. There are also modules you can add to enhance your dynamic data exchange.

    Modules and What They Do
    Friday, August 14
    12:00- 1:00 pm
    Register Here
    FREE

    We recommend you sign up for AlbertaBusinessCounts as it is an excellent tool for your business retention and expansion strategy.  It 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. Click here to see the communities who are using AlbertaBusinessCounts.

    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. We have partnered with Executive Pulse for a series of webinars in 2015. 

  • July 13, 2015 9:32 AM | Nancy Toombs (Administrator)

    Economic development professionals and manufacturers are invited to join EDA for its next webinar in its Marketing Masters series Changing Face of Manufacturing Impacts Manufacturing and Economic Development. 

    In this webinar you will learn how new forces are leading to a world that’s smart and connected -- what some refer to as the Internet of Things (IoT).

    Changing Face of Manufacturing Impacts Manufacturing and Economic Development

    Thursday, July 21
    12:00 pm - 1:30 pm (MST)
    Register Here

    In manufacturing, (Industrial Internet of Things/IIoT) sensors in industrial machines and the products they make are combining with software via the Internet to produce a coming tectonic shift that changes manufacturing and economic development. 

    This is not an Apple watch monitoring your heart rate. This is a world in which the battery in your car reports back to the manufacturer in real-time about its operating health and environment via the Internet to reduce service requirements, improve performance, and provide valuable input into the next generation battery.

    Invite the manufacturers in your communities to join you for lunch, a webinar and for a conversation about the future!  


  • July 09, 2015 1:25 PM | Nancy Toombs (Administrator)

     

    Special Canadian Registration Rate increases August 7th, so register today and save!

    We are continuing to develop our most international conference ever and are adding international speakers every week! Whether participating in the educational sessions, the international dinner, or mingling with international members and IEDC partners in-between sessions, this year’s conference is an exciting opportunity, so register today!

    Special Canadian Registration Rate

    Given the change of exchange rates, IEDC has lowered the registration rate for our Canadian friends. In addition to the $100USD early registration discount, the registration has been discounted an additional $165 CAD! To receive this rate, please register by downloading this form. A completed form can be faxed (+1.202.223.4745) or emailed (cgordan@iedconline.org). Additional cost savings are available from partners Alaskan Airlines, with a 15% discount on flights! Read below to learn more!

    International Dinner

    An honorary international dinner and networking social hour will occur Sunday, October 4. This will be an excellent opportunity to meet other international members and attendees. Join the event at 6:30 to network at a social hour before the dinner.Click here to register for the dinner and social hour.

    Workshop: How to be a World Class Economic Developer

    Join IEDC Sunday, October 4 9:00am-12:30PM for this dynamic workshop! Economic development deals with similar issues, opportunities and challenges no matter which country or context you are operating in - issues including how to manage sustainable growth, the question of workforce development, smart business development and distinguishing your community from the crowd. Recognizing that there are lessons to be learned from abroad, IEDC is drawing on the strength of its international members to discuss what trends, opportunities and challenges they are seeing in the world of economic development. This facilitated discussion will be a frank conversation amongst all attendees about economic development as they see it. Price is free, but please register while sigining-up for the conference! 


    Moderator: 
    - Susan Amring, CEcD, EcD, Director, Economic Development, City of Mississauga, Mississauga, ON 
    Speakers: 
    - Todd Rohl, Deputy CEO, Logan Office of Economic Development Logan City Council, Australia 
    - Christian Saublens, Director, European Association of Development Agencies, Brussels, Belgium 
    - Fábio Veras, Director of Operations for Micro Small Business Support Services, Sebrae Minas, Brazil 
    - Many additional speakers forthcoming! 

    Register before August 7 and get an even bigger discount!

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    Discounted Flights to Anchorage Through Alaska Airlines

    IEDC is proud to announce our partnership with Alaska Airlines for the 2015 Annual Conference! As Co-Sponsor of the conference, Alaska Airlines is offering a 15% discount on flights to the Annual Conference between September 26 and October 13.Book your flight today!

    We look forward to seeing you in Anchorage, AK this October and please don’t hesitate to contact us via email sannis@iedconline.org or give us a call at 202.639.9104 with any questions or visa requests.

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