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  • January 27, 2015 8:53 PM | Nancy Toombs (Administrator)

    Do you want to showcase your excellent work to Alberta's economic development community? You have exactly one month to submit your application to EDA's Awards of Excellence committee. The final deadline for submissions is February 27, 2015.


    We have made the award submission process even easier for you.


    NEW SUBMISSION PROCESS:
    All award submissions are now online. Go to www.edaalberta.ca (hyperlink http://www.edaalberta.ca/page-68191) to view the categories, and file your online submission!
    You can also click on the categories below to read about the awards and submit your entry. It's that easy.

    CATEGORIES:

    2015 TIMELINE:
    • Judging complete- March 20, 2015
    • Awards presentation- April 9, 2015 at the Minister's Dinner

    The CONFERENCE:
    Register for the conference and reserve your hotel room now to avoid disappointment. Rooms at the Delta Kananaskis Loge are booking up fast!

    This year’s theme is "Partnerships for Prosperity"
    DATES: 2015 Conference and AGM, April 8-10
    LOCATION: Delta Kananaskis Lodge in Kananaskis, Alberta.

    Follow us on twitter: @edaalberta #EDA2015
    See you at the Conference! And good luck with your award submission!

  • January 20, 2015 10:24 AM | Nancy Toombs (Administrator)

    If you have free time during your lunch hour tomorrow, check out the free webinar offered by the International Economic Development Council's (IEDC) Restore Your Economy.

    Communicating in Crisis
    Wednesday, January 21
    12:00- 1:00 pm (MST)
    Cost: FREE
    Register here

    This free webinar is designed to give you tools to manage information in the aftermath of a disaster.
    If disaster strikes your organization or community you can expect a barrage of questions. Your organization needs to provide answers before someone else does, because in today’s world of social media, any event, no matter how small, can quickly become big.

    See the 2015 Calendar of IEDC's Restore Your Economy FREE Webinars.

  • January 09, 2015 10:48 AM | Nancy Toombs (Administrator)

    A reminder that Early Bird registration for EDA's 2015 Annual Professional Conference and AGM ends next week!

    Take advantage our the reduced rate by registering now. Early bird registration is effective until January 16, 2015.

    EDA 2015 Annual Professional Conference and AGM is being held April 8-10 in Kananaskis. The theme of this year's conference is Partnerships for Prosperity.

    If you would like to become a sponsor of this year's event, there are a few spots available but they're going fast.

    Each year EDA's Annual Conference draws over 300 economic development experts from across North America. The Conference is an excellent opportunity for economic development professionals and elected officials like you to network, share best practice information and showcase your company or organization.

    See you at the Conference!

    #EDA2015

  • January 09, 2015 10:46 AM | Nancy Toombs (Administrator)

    Join EDA for its next Marketing Master's Webinar: Broadband Internet Services: If You Build It, Will They Come?

    Broadband refers to the speed at which we communicate information and ideas. It has been said to be the salvation for rural communities, the critical infrastructure for economic development, and a way to future-proof your community.

    In this webinar you will learn the why, how, and what of broadband Internet Services. Why does it matter? How is it being done? What are the costs and benefits?


    Broadband Internet Services: If You Built It, Will They Come?
    Thursday, January 22
    12:00-1:30 pm (MST)
    Read about the webinar and Register here

    Our upcoming webinar features a panel of experts on the front line of the initiative to bring broadband services to the areas they serve. Join us!

  • January 05, 2015 8:55 AM | Leann Hackman-Carty (Administrator)

    Every year, Economic Developers Alberta (EDA) is proud to present a number of awards that recognize excellence in economic development in Alberta. This year, we have made the award submission process even easier for you!

    Check out timelines, categories, and submission process by clicking here.

    Deadline to submit is February 27 so apply early.

  • December 22, 2014 5:39 AM | Leann Hackman-Carty (Administrator)

    Agriculture Minister Verlyn Olson will highlight Alberta’s actions to strengthen agriculture and rural development at the Legislative Ag Chairs Summit in Florida in January.  

    The annual summit, organized by the State Agriculture and Rural Leaders, brings together key industry representatives and elected officials from across Canada and the United States to discuss agriculture and rural issues, legislation and policy. Minister Olson has been invited to make a presentation about Alberta’s Rural Economic Development Action Plan.

    “The summit is an important opportunity to share details about the concrete steps Alberta is taking to support rural development and the role agriculture will have in driving our future economic growth. The event is also a valuable forum to speak candidly about pressing issues affecting the agriculture sector like trade barriers.”

    Verlyn Olson, Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development

    During the summit, Alberta will continue to advocate for changes to the U.S. government’s mandatory Country of Origin Labelling (COOL) measures. These measures are creating unnecessary additional costs for the livestock industry by requiring that meat derived from animals born, reared or slaughtered outside the U.S. be labelled to indicate the countries involved. The recent World Trade Organization ruling that COOL is a violation of American trade obligations is currently under appeal.

    Other summit agenda items include agricultural sustainability, water quality, animal health, and renewable energy.

    In addition to other provincial agriculture ministers, Canada’s Ambassador to the United States, Gary Doer, will be part of the Canadian delegation and speaking at the event. The Canadian delegation also includes representation from the Canadian Cattlemen’s Association and the Canadian Pork Council.

    The summit runs from January 2-4 in Clearwater, Florida. 

    Media inquiries

    Julie Crilly
    780-782-5866
             

    • Press Secretary, Agriculture and Rural Development

  • December 11, 2014 9:25 AM | Leann Hackman-Carty (Administrator)

    The official magazine of Economic Developers Alberta (EDA) is now available on our Website!  Please click on the link below to read it:

    Invest in Alberta

    Over 11,000 copies have been mailed to EDA's key stakeholders such as: EDA members, Site selection firms, Federal government, Alberta government, Key municipal governments, Alberta chambers of commerce, Business owners/managers operating in the following industries across Canada: Agriculture, Transportation, Tourism, Manufacturing, Energy.

    If you would like to place an Ad in the 2016 edition of Invest in Aberta and pay the 2014 rates contact Katherine Butler now at kbutler@biv.com

  • December 11, 2014 5:45 AM | Leann Hackman-Carty (Administrator)

    Canada’s prosperity and quality of life depend on a vast network of public infrastructure – from roads and highways, to bridges, transit systems, water and wastewater infrastructure, ports, airports and recreational and cultural facilities. Investments in Canada’s public infrastructure improve productivity and quality of life, and create jobs, growth, and long-term prosperity from coast to coast to coast.

    The government announced an additional $5.8 billion dollars in infrastructure projects across the country in areas such as heritage, First Nations education, defence, borders, research facilities, harbours, transportation, and search and rescue. This includes:

    • $2.8 billion to support infrastructure improvements to heritage, tourism, waterway and highway assets located within national historic sites, national parks, and national marine conservation areas across Canada;
    • $500 million for the repair and construction of on-reserve schools;
    • $452 million to repair and upgrade Canadian Armed Forces facilities;
    • $440 million to expedite the replacement of border infrastructure;
    • Approximately $400 million to maintain, upgrade and construct federally-owned buildings and other assets across Canada;
    • $380 million for major repairs and upgrading of federal laboratories and research facilities; 
    • $288 million for repair and maintenance of small craft harbours;
    • $204 million to support enhancements to federally-owned and operated airports as well as improvements to VIA Rail Canada Inc.’s rail infrastructure;
    • $191 million to undertake renewal and repairs of heritage and museum sites; and,
    • $183 million for the repair and procurement of vessels and small craft for the Canadian Coast Guard and Fisheries and Oceans Canada to support activities including search and rescue, science, and conservation.

    This long-term commitment to building and maintaining world-class infrastructure will create jobs and improve the quality of life of all Canadians.

    Source: http://www.actionplan.gc.ca/en/blog/government-announces-new-infrastructure
  • December 09, 2014 10:58 AM | Nancy Toombs (Administrator)

    Early Bird registration has begun for EDA's 2015 Annual Professional Conference and AGM being held April 8-10, 2015 in Kananaskis, Alberta.

    Why not treat yourself to a gift early this holiday season and take advantage of the reduced rate by registering now. Early bird registration is effective until January 16, 2015.

    EDA 2015 Annual Professional Conference and AGM
    April 8-10, 2015
    Register here

    The theme of this year's Conference is Partnerships for Prosperity.

    If you would like to become a sponsor of this year's event, there are a few spots available but they're going fast. Click here to get involved.

    Each year, EDA's Annual Conference draws over 300 economic development experts from across North America. The Conference is an excellent opportunity for economic development professionals and elected officials like you to network, share best practice information and showcase your company or organization.

    See you at the Conference!

    #EDA2015


  • December 08, 2014 5:41 AM | Leann Hackman-Carty (Administrator)

    Alberta’s Immigrant Nominee Program (AINP) is now full for 2014, as all 5,500 certificates for the year have been issued.

    The certificates allow workers, along with their spouse and dependent children, to be nominated by the Government of Alberta for permanent residence in Canada.

    Provincial nominees may then apply for permanent residence to the federal government.

    “Alberta’s challenge remains finding permanent workers for permanent jobs. We need to meet our growing economic needs by training Albertans, and attracting workers from across the country and around the world. While the federal government currently caps the amount of people Alberta can nominate, we continue to work with them to find long-term solutions that better respond to Alberta’s labour demand.”

    Ric McIver, Minister of Jobs, Skills, Training and Labour

    Alberta remains a worldwide destination of choice for people to live, work and raise their families.

    • In 2013, Alberta welcomed 36,366 new permanent residents, accounting for 14.1 per cent of Canada’s total of 258,619.
    • That places Alberta third in the country for immigrants, after Ontario and Québec.
    • From 2006 to 2013, annual immigration to Alberta steadily increased from 21,000 to over 36,000.

    Alberta also continues to attract 100,000 newcomers annually. 

    The AINP is an economic immigration program operated by the Government of Alberta in conjunction with the federal government. It supports Alberta's economic growth by attracting and retaining work-ready immigrants to the province, and is a vital tool in developing a permanent workforce.

    Media inquiries

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