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  • 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 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


  • October 07, 2014 9:46 AM | Nancy Toombs (Administrator)

    Mark your calendars, Economic Developers Alberta (EDA) has has posted its 2015 schedule of online courses through the University of Calgary. Click on the course titles to read about and to register for the courses.

    Business Retention and Expansion
    January 20 - February 17, 2015
    September 8 - October 6, 2015

    Economic Development Establishing the Foundation
    May 5 - June 2, 2015
    November 17 - December 15, 2015

    Business and Investment Attraction

    March 3 - April 4, 2015
    October 13 - November 10, 2015

    Don't forget in one week EDA's next online course through the University of Calgary begins:

    Business and Investment Attraction
    October 14-November 11, 2014 (for a total of 15 hours)
    Read more about the course and register here

    EDA is offering a perk to its members only, a 50% rebate on tuition for the Business and Investment Attraction Course that begins next week. Once you register, EDA members please submit your receipt to admin@edaalberta.ca (please do not reply to this e-mail). EDA will award the rebate on a first come first served basis so register now!

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


  • September 30, 2014 9:08 AM | Nancy Toombs (Administrator)


    On October 14, EDA's next online course through the University of Calgary begins:

    Business and Investment Attraction
    October 14-November 11, 2014 (for a total of 15 hours)
    Read more about the course and register here

    The Business and Investment Attraction 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 is offering a perk to its members only, a 50% rebate on tuition. Once you register, EDA members please submit your receipt to admin@edaalberta.ca (please do not reply to this e-mail). EDA will award the rebate on a first come first served basis so register now!

    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.


  • September 30, 2014 9:06 AM | Nancy Toombs (Administrator)

    Economic Developers Alberta (EDA) is pleased to announce it has designed a unique resource to help community leaders prepare for and recover from economic disasters. The only resource of its kind in Canada.

    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.

    "When disaster strikes, all too often, economic recovery becomes a piecemeal reaction, rather than a planned response," said Leann Hackman-Carty EDA CEO. "The key is to take steps ahead of time to ensure your organization will be able to stay in touch with local businesses during and after any type of major incident and to set up a plan of action for disaster response and recovery. The Recovery and Resiliency Roadmap is the only toolkit of its kind in Canada that equips community leaders with these resources for resiliency."

    This toolkit is an outcome of EDA's Economic Disaster Recovery Project (EDRP). A response to the catastrophic flooding in June 2013; it is designed as a unique blended learning opportunity to provide economic development practitioners, and those in supporting roles, with both theoretical and practical training.

    EDA partnered with the British Columbia Economic Development Association (BCEDA) and the International Economic Development Council (IEDC) in the EDRP and the creation of this toolkit.

    "We are pleased to partner with EDA in this initiative by providing content and resources for the toolkit," said Dale Wheeldon, President and CEO BCEDA. "This toolkit is an important instrument for Canadian economic developers as it provides a broader framework and best practice information to help community leaders meet the high expectations associated with ensuring their community can handle a disaster."

    The Recovery and Resiliency Roadmap: A Toolkit for Economic Preparedness, is modelled after IEDC's U.S. disaster preparedness toolkit titled “Leadership in the Time of Crisis” launched in June 2014.

    "We are pleased to help with the creation of this toolkit," said Jeff Finkle, President and CEO, IEDC. "We were proud to be a part of EDA's unique Economic Disaster Recovery Project and trust this customized toolkit will assist Canadian communities and elected officials as they continue to prepare for, respond to, and recover from various types of economic disruptions in the future."


    Read about and download the Recovery and Resiliency Roadmap: A Toolkit for Economic Preparedness

    About the Economic Disaster Recovery Project (EDRP)


  • September 18, 2014 11:03 AM | Nancy Toombs (Administrator)

    EDA is offering its members a 50% rebate on tuition for its next online course through the University of Calgary.

    Business and Investment Attraction
    October 14-November 11, 2014 (for a total of 15 hours)
    Read more about the course and register here

    Once you register, please submit your receipt to admin@edaalberta.ca (please do not reply to this e-mail). EDA will award the rebate on a first come first served basis so register now!

    The Business and Investment Attraction 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.

    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.


  • September 17, 2014 9:21 AM | Nancy Toombs (Administrator)

    EDA would like to congratulate Michelle Levasseur from the Town of Devon! Michelle is the successful candidate for the EDA scholarship to IEDC's first Alberta course held in Edmonton: Entrepreneurial and Small Business Development.

    I can’t tell you enough how thankful I am to have opportunities such as these to obtain funding support to attend workshops, conferences and educational sessions. We are a small community so due to a limited budget we have to very carefully choose what we attend….so without receiving this, I would not otherwise have access to the session. Greatly appreciated. - Michelle Levasseur, EDO Town of Devon.

    Registration is still on going so don't miss out on this course. Learn how you as an economic development expert can create the climate that encourages entrepreneurial and small business development in your community.

    Entrepreneurial and Small Business Development
    October 30-31
    Edmonton, Alberta
    More information and register here

    In this course you will explore topics such as:

    • value-add partnerships
    • technical assistance programs
    • financing
    • business incubation
    Entrepreneurs and small businesses stimulate job creation, develop crucial innovations in both products and services and promote the diversification of the economic base.

    See you in Edmonton!


  • 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.

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