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  • April 17, 2015 8:09 AM | Leann Hackman-Carty (Administrator)

    April 17, 2015
    Ottawa, Ontario

    Introduction

    Prime Minister Stephen Harper today announced that His Excellency the Right Honourable David Johnston, Governor General of Canada, will travel to Minneapolis and Saint Paul, Minnesota, Chicago, Illinois, and Detroit, Michigan, in the United States (U.S.) from April 26 to 30, 2015.

    During his first official visit to the Midwestern U.S. and Great Lakes regions, the Governor General will meet with business, education and political leaders, including Minnesota Governor Mark Dayton and Michigan Governor Rick Snyder.

    He will also deliver the keynote address to the Council of the Great Lakes Economic Forum, on April 28, 2015.

    The Governor General’s visit will underscore the very deep relations between Canada and the Midwestern U.S. and Great Lakes regions, including institutions and organizations, and highlight the advantages of enhanced partnerships and cooperation.

    In addition, His Excellency’s visit will serve to promote Canada’s education excellence and its leadership in innovation and research – including in science and technology – and our ongoing support for trade and investment, border security and regulatory cooperation will also be highlighted.

    Quick Facts

    • Canada and Minnesota have a strong, multi-faceted relationship. On the economic front, merchandise trade between Canada and Minnesota exceeds $19 billion. On its own, the state would rank fourth globally among all of Canada’s country export markets. Energy and agriculture are an important part of bilateral trade and there are further opportunities for enhanced cooperation in research, education and innovation.
    • The Chicago metropolitan area is important to the Canadian economy, with Illinois-Canada bilateral trade valued at $67.1 billion. Just over 30 per cent of the metropolitan area’s international trade is with Canada, and Illinois is Canada’s third most important export destination globally.
    • The state of Michigan is a key economic partner for Canada, with two-way trade estimated at $74.2 billion. An estimated 30 per cent of all Canada-U.S. merchandise trade, or approximately $190 billion, transits thru the Detroit-Windsor corridor. Construction will begin shortly on the new Detroit River International Crossing in this corridor.
    • His Excellency’s visit to the U.S. will be his fourth in his capacity as Governor General of Canada. In April 2014, he visited the U.S. West Coast to meet with government representatives, business leaders, researchers and innovators with a view to strengthening bilateral relations, including commercial, educational and philanthropic ties. In May 2013, he conducted a working visit to Boston, Massachusetts, and New York City, New York, to meet with representatives from the business, financial and innovation sectors in order to further strengthen the Canada-U.S. bilateral relationship. He also visited Canadian Armed Forces members operating in Hawaii and the Pacific Ocean during the Rim of the Pacific exercise in July 2012.
    • Canada and the U.S. are the world's largest trading partners with $869.6 billion in goods and services traded in 2014. This means that nearly $2.4 billion worth of goods and services crosses the Canada-U.S. border every single day, or $1.7 million every minute.

    Source: The Prime Minister's Office- Communications

  • April 14, 2015 11:45 AM | Nancy Toombs (Administrator)

    If you want to learn the best way to develop a web survey as part of your business retention and expansion strategy, then join EDA for our next FREE training webinar in our AlbertaBusinessCounts Program. It's over your lunch hour, it's informative, and it's completely FREE.

    AlbertaBusinessCounts Training Webinar - Developing Web Surveys
    Friday April 17
    12pm - 1pm

    Register Here

    If you attended EDA's 2015 Annual Conference last week you may have attended Laith Wardi's interactive presentation on Executive Pulse and how this software enhances business retention and expansion strategies. Laith is the President of Executive Pulse and will be conducting the webinar.

    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. 

  • April 11, 2015 10:03 AM | Nancy Toombs (Administrator)
    MEDIA RELEASE

    For Immediate Release
    April 09, 2015

    Economic Developers Alberta (EDA) Recognizes Excellence in Economic Development in Alberta

    (Kananaskis, AB): Tonight Economic Developers Alberta (EDA) presented its annual Awards of Excellence during its 2015 Annual Conference at the Delta Kananaskis Lodge. These awards honour Alberta communities and individuals for excellence in: Business and Investment Attraction (BIA); Business Retention and Expansion (BRE); and Community Economic Development (CED).


    The Economic Developer of the Year Award was presented to Gerry Gabinet (Strathcona County).

    The Outstanding Young Professional Award was presented to Michael Lam (Edmonton Economic Development Corporation).

    The EDA Awards of Excellence were presented to:

     

    Business Retention and Expansion (BRE):

    • Small community/region (population up to 25,000) - “Whitecourt Business Support Network” (Woodlands County & Town of Whitecourt)
    • Medium community/region (population from 25,001–100,000) -“Lethbridge@Work” (Economic Development Lethbridge)
    • Large community/region (population 100,001+) - “Northeast Alberta Regional Labour Attraction Initiative” (Alberta HUB)

     

    Business and Investment Attraction (BIA):

    • Small community/region (population up to 25,000) - “Middle of Everywhere” (County of Grande Prairie)
    •  Medium community/region (population from 25,001–100,000) - “Bringing Investment Home” (SouthWest Invest)
    •  Large community/region (population 100,001+) - “Regional Data Mapping Project” (East Alberta Trade Corridor)

     

    Community Economic Development (CED):

    • Small community/region (population up to 25,000) - “Newell Network”(Newell Regional Economic Development Initiative)
    • Medium community/region (population from 25,001–100,000) - “SMARTstart” (Airdrie Business Resource Partnership)
    • Large community/region (population 100,001+) - “BOLT Regional Transit” (Town of Blackfalds, City of Red Deer, City of Lacombe)


    The Alex Metcalfe Award recognizes the "best of the best" project in each of the BIA, BRE and CED categories. These awards honour three nominees for their superior work in economic development in Alberta over the past year and are judged from among the three Group winners of each Category at the Awards of Excellence level. This year, the Alex Metcalfe Awards went to:

    • Business Retention and Expansion - “Whitecourt Business Support Network” (Woodlands County & Town of Whitecourt)
    • Business and Investment Attraction - “Bringing Investment Home” (SouthWest Invest)
    • Community Economic Development - “SMARTstart” (Airdrie Business Resource Partnership)


    Finally, the President’s Award recognizes an individual in the Association that has made a significant contribution to the organization. This year’s Award was presented to Matt Cornall, Alberta Innovates - Technology Futures.

  • April 11, 2015 10:00 AM | Nancy Toombs (Administrator)

    Media Release

    Economic Developers Alberta (EDA) Announces Its 2015-16 Board of Directors 

    For Immediate Release
    April 10, 2015

     

    (Calgary, AB): Economic Developers Alberta (EDA), Alberta's premiere professional organization for economic developers is pleased to announce its newly elected 2015-16 Board of Directors as follows:

     

    Matt Cornall - President (Red Deer)

    Jeff Penney - Past President (Fort McMurray)

    Sara Chamberlain - Vice President (Airdrie)

    Court Ellingson - Secretary Treasurer (Calgary)

    Ray Darwent - Director (Edmonton)

    Chris King - Director (Grande Prairie)

    Karen Wronko - Director (Edmonton)

    Glen Vanstone - Director (Edmonton)

    Bev Thornton - Director (Pincher Creek)

    Adena Cheverie - Director (Mountain View County)

    Schaun Goodeve - Director (Town of Morinville)

    Gary Slipp - Director (Calgary)

     

    In addition, The Honorable Don Scott, Q.C., Minister of Innovation and Advanced Education is EDA’s Honorary Patron.

     

    “I am extremely pleased with the experience and knowledge this diverse group of individuals will bring to our organization and look forward to working with them,” said Matt Cornall, EDA President. “Economic developers play an essential role in helping Alberta communities build, grow and diversify their economies. As an organization, we are committed to providing our members with the best training, information sharing and education possible to ensure their future success.”

     

  • March 25, 2015 8:21 AM | Leann Hackman-Carty (Administrator)

    If you didn't see the Premier's pre-budget address on TV last night, you can view at www.alberta.ca. Economic developers should be thinking about how they too can play a key role in promoting and ensuring Alberta continues to be a great place to invest, grow and expand businesses.

  • March 16, 2015 11:03 AM | Leann Hackman-Carty (Administrator)

    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

    Economic Developers Alberta and the International Economic Development Council Sign Professional Certification Memorandum of Understanding

    CALGARY, AB (March 16, 2015) Economic Developers Alberta (EDA) is the third Canadian provincial economic development association to sign a Memorandum of Understanding with the International Economic Development Council (IEDC). The MOU commits both parties to developing and delivering training programs for Canadian economic development professionals wishing to become IEDC Certified Economic Developers.

    After the signing, Jeff Penney, EDA President said, “we are delighted to be able to offer the CEcD program to our members and all Canadian economic development professionals wishing to achieve the international standard in their field.”

    JoAnn Crary, CEcD, IEDC Chairman and President of Saginaw Future Inc. in Michigan added that “IEDC is really pleased that we are able to partner with EDA on education and certification. Both of our organizations share the common goals of unifying, standardizing and professionalizing the practice of economic development through high quality education that offers professionals an internationally recognized curriculum to prepare them for the CEcD designation.”

    Jeffrey Finkle, President and CEO of IEDC, added that “this is an important step in our continuing process to reach out to a globalizing economic development profession. We are committed to refining our educational materials and certification examination to be relevant to Canadian practitioners, and to represent the high standards expected of all our CEcDs.”

    Leann Hackman-Carty, EDA Chief Executive Officer says, “our organization is always seeking to offer additional professional development opportunities for our members, we are pleased to provide them with the ability to obtain this new certification. In doing so, we will continue to advance the economic development profession in Alberta, and increase the knowledge and capability of our practitioners.”

    About the International Economic Development Council

    The International Economic Development Council (IEDC) is a non-profit membership organization serving economic developers. With more than 4,400 members, IEDC is the largest organization of its kind. Economic developers promote economic well-being and quality of life for their communities, by creating, retaining and expanding jobs that facilitate growth, enhance wealth and provide a stable tax base.  From public to private, rural to urban, and local to international, IEDC’s members are engaged in the full range of economic development experience. Given the breadth of economic development work, our members are employed in a wide variety of settings including local, state, provincial and federal governments, public private partnerships, chambers of commerce, universities and a variety of other institutions. When we succeed, our members create high-quality jobs, develop vibrant communities, and improve the quality of life in their regions.  www.iedconline.org

    About Economic Developers Alberta

    Economic Developers Alberta (EDA) is the province’s premiere economic development network. For over 40 years, they have been committed to advancing the economic development profession by providing resources, professional development and networking opportunities. As a non-profit organization, they are governed by a volunteer board of directors that represent the interests of their membership. Their varied membership 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. www.edaalberta.ca

    For Information on Certification visit EDA's website. 

    For more information please contact:

     

    Leann Hackman-Carty, EDA CEO
    Email: leann@edaalberta.ca
    Tel: 403-807-7746

    Emily Bell, IEDC Director of Professional Development
    Email: ebell@iedconline.org
    Tel: 202-942-9452

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  • February 26, 2015 2:30 PM | Nancy Toombs (Administrator)

    Tomorrow is the deadline for submissions for EDA's Awards of Excellence. Don't miss this opportunity!
    You and your community will have an added bonus just by submitting an entry. Your community and the project you submit will be profiled on EDA's Website AND you will receive publicity at the EDA Conference April 8-10.

    That means whether or not you win, you will have access to the unlimited audience that our Website provides plus be in the spotlight among your economic development colleagues at the Conference.
    Don't forget the submission process is online on the EDA website.


    CATEGORIES:
    Economic Developer of the Year
    Outstanding Young Professional
    Alex Metcalfe Awards
    Awards of Excellence

    2015 TIMELINE:
    Submission deadline- Friday, February 27
    Judging complete- Friday, March 20
    Awards presentation- Thursday, April 9 at the Minister's Dinner during EDA's Annual Conference.

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

  • February 24, 2015 1:08 PM | Nancy Toombs (Administrator)


    The clock is ticking. The deadline for submissions for EDA's Awards of Excellence is this Friday.
    Avoid the last minute rush by entering your submission before the deadline.

    Don't forget the submission process is online on the EDA website.

    You and your community will have an added bonus just by submitting an entry. Your community and the project you submit will be profiled on EDA's Website AND you will receive publicity at the EDA Conference April 8-10.

    That means whether or not you win, you will have access to the unlimited audience that our Website provides plus be in the spotlight among your economic development colleagues at the Conference.

    CATEGORIES:
    Economic Developer of the Year
    Outstanding Young Professional
    Alex Metcalfe Awards
    Awards of Excellence

    2015 TIMELINE:
    Submission deadline- Friday, February 27
    Judging complete- Friday, March 20
    Awards presentation- Thursday, April 9 at the Minister's Dinner during EDA's Annual Conference.

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

  • February 24, 2015 9:26 AM | Nancy Toombs (Administrator)

    A reminder EDA's next online course through the University of Calgary: Business and Investment Attraction, begins one week from today. We are also offering to EDA members a 50% rebate on tuition for this course.

    Business and Investment Attraction
    March 3- April 4 2015 for a total of 15 hours
    ONLINE through the University of Calgary
    More information and register here

    This course is designed to increase your understanding of the importance of business investment and attraction as a strategy in economic development; and to introduce and profile how business investment attraction can benefit your community.

    EDA Members can receive their rebate by sending their course receipt to admin@edaalberta.ca
    This rebate is made possible by a grant from ICCI.

    Don't forget the entire 2015 schedule of online courses is on EDA's Webiste. All of those courses are open for registration.

    Take a look at EDA's 2015 schedule of online courses here.

    These 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.

  • February 23, 2015 9:04 AM | Nancy Toombs (Administrator)


    February 23, 2015, Calgary AB - Economic Developers Alberta (EDA) is pleased to announce that Continuing Education students at Mount Royal University will be utilizing a document developed by EDA as part of the Economic Disaster Recovery Project (EDRP). Called the Recovery and Resiliency Roadmap: A Toolkit for Economic Preparedness; it is a practical guide that provides strategies and tactics for community leaders to focus on for economic recovery and preserving jobs. This is the only resource of its kind in Canada.

    "I was so pleased to find EDA’s practicable and applicable approach to its economic disaster recovery project and Toolkit. Without a doubt, it is some of the best work I have seen on the subject," said Steve Armstrong, MRU instructor and program developer. "Economic recovery is a keystone of a holistic approach to a disaster impacted community’s long-term recovery and it is the last thing that is thought of when developing recovery plans. It would serve anyone working in the field of disaster and recovery management well to read and use this important work.”

    EDA's toolkit is a resource in a new program at MRU; the Emergency Management and Disaster Recovery Extension Certificate. It is designed to teach community leaders about the restoration of critical infrastructure, re-establishment of educational, civic and commercial services, and re-establishment of homes and communities.

    "Our Toolkit is an exceptional resource for individuals and organizations wishing to better prepare for, respond to, and recover from economic disasters, whether they be natural or manmade,” said Leann Hackman-Carty, EDA CEO. “We are pleased Mount Royal University recognizes the value of this tool, and encourage other communities across Alberta and Canada to apply the fundamental principles and best practices highlighted within the Toolkit.”

    The Toolkit is an outcome of the Economic Disaster Recovery Project (EDRP). 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. MRU students will begin utilizing the Toolkit as content and as a reference beginning in March.


    For More Information Contact:

    Leann Hackman-Carty

    EDA CEO
    403.807.7746
    leann@edaalberta.ca

    Steve Armstrong

    MRU Instructor and Program Developer
    403.701.3752
    www.stevenarmstrong.ca




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