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  • September 20, 2016 11:06 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    It's true, if you continue to do what you have always done, you will continue to get what you have always gotten.  

    What if, instead of chasing the mega project like everyone else, you created an entrepreneurial ecosystem of diverse, individual, self-sustaining primary income generators that sell their product or service outside the region?  What are the attributes that such a system would need to have?   

    To find the answers join EDA next week for its next Marketing Master's Webinar:  

    Why Gold Collar Workers Are Your Community's Key to Growth 
    And what you can do to attract and retain them:

    Friday, September 30, 2016
    12:00 - 1:30 pm MST
    Online
    Register here *Please note all fees are in USD 

    What you will learn:

    • Change the local mindset to embrace a new approach.
    • Know the unspoken truths about economic development.
    • Create and grow an entrepreneurial ecosystem.
    • Focus on results, not just activity.
    • Find your niche in a crowded marketplace

    Gather your team and join us! 


  • September 15, 2016 11:52 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    If you are interested in learning business investment strategies to help your community thrive in these tough economic times, plan to take EDA's Business and Investment Attraction Course. 

    There are two ways take this course: online and in person. With both formats, EDA members receive a 50% rebate.

    If you choose the online option, the course begins next month: 

    Business and Investment Attraction
    October 11 - November 8, 2016
    Online through the U of C

    Register here To receive your rebate email admin@edaalberta.ca with your course receipt.

    If you choose the in-person option, plan to host a one-day course in your community. EDA members will receive a 50% rebate on the course fee. This offer is good until the end of this year. Contact admin@edaalberta.ca with the dates you prefer and we will arrange for an instructor. Book now to get your preferred dates!

    Our BIA course covers community investment readiness; competitive advantage, how to select key target markets for investment attraction; working with site selectors; and attracting foreign direct investment to help your community expand its economic base. 

    As you know, our CEDTP training program 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 

  • September 12, 2016 11:47 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    On Friday, EDA is offering its Course for Elected Officials in the City of Airdrie and there are a couple of spots available. Don't miss out, register today.

    This is an excellent opportunity to learn how to best support the economic development professionals in your communities. In today's economy, economic development is more important than ever before.

    City of Airdrie, Council Chambers
    Friday, September 16
    9:00am - 4:00pm
    Register here

    In our Course for Elected Officials you will learn how business attraction works; how business retention works; and you'll also learn the steps economic development officers take to help to revitalize economies. 

    Join us in Airdrie on Friday.

  • September 08, 2016 11:45 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    The Minister of Economic Development and Trade just announced the Community and Regional Economic Support (CARES) program.  Please link here to the News Release. This anticipated economic development funding program is part of the Jobs Plan Budget that was announced this spring. This grant program can be applied for through two streams: the community economic development stream and the regional economic development stream.

    The community economic development stream projects are those that build local economic development capacity and strengthen local approaches to improve economic conditions. They begin at $10,000 and fund up to 50 per cent of the project’s value. 

    The regional economic development stream projects are those that reflect a collaborative approach between communities and supportive partners to achieve a positive regional impact based on a shared economic vision for the future. They begin at $25,000 and fund up to 50 per cent of the project’s value. 

    The program guidelines can be found here: http://economic.alberta.ca/documents/CARES-program-guidelines.pdf

    The CARES Program will have three grant application intake periods with the first one beginning on Oct. 1, 2016, and ending Nov. 30, 2016.

    For more information on program eligibility criteria and how to apply, visit the CARES program webpage


  • September 06, 2016 11:42 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    EDA's Annual Conference attracts over 400 local national and international experts in the field of economic development. Each year, we look for speakers to address a variety of topics related to current economic development issues. 

    If you have relevant and unique topic that you would like to present then we would like to hear from you. 

    Please read the Call for Conference Papers guidelines here. The deadline for submissions is November 15, 2016.

    EDA's Annual Conference is being held at the Banff Centre March 22-24, 2017. The theme is "Embracing Change; Creating Opportunity." Registration is open.

    See you at the Conference. 

    #EDA2017 

  • September 02, 2016 11:39 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    The start of the Labour Day weekend signals the end of summer. Take the time now to plan ahead for Fall 2016. 

    EDA is offering several professional development opportunities both online and in person this fall. Mark your calendars and register today to avoid the waiting list:

    September

    1. September 6 - October 4

    EDA's Business Retention and Expansion (BR&E) course
    Online
    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. September 16

    Economic Development for Elected Officials Course

    One-day

    City of Airdrie, Council Chambers 

    Register Here

    This course is specifically designed for Elected Officials.

    Read about our Elected Officials Course

    October

    3. October 7

    AlbertaBusinessCounts Training Webinar

    Online - Free

    Register Here

    4. October 11 - November 8

    Business and Investment Attraction (B&IA)*

    Online

    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. 

    5. October 12

    Economic Development for Elected Officials Course

    One-day

    Manning, AB

    Register Here

    6. October 13-14 

    IEDC's Technology-Led Economic Development Course
    Global Business Centre, Calgary 

    Read about the course and Register Here

    7. October 21

    Economic Development for Elected Officials Course

    St Paul, AB

    Register here

    November

    8. November 22 - December 20
    Economic Development Establishing the Foundation
    Online

    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.

    #EDAOnline 


  • August 31, 2016 11:38 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    While the current economy is tough for many communities across the province, you can take this opportunity to invest in your own future so you can guide your community through the economic challenges it faces and hit the ground running once the economy improves.

    Join EDA in 6 days for our Business Retention and Expansion course. It explains how the results of a strong BR&E strategy create a healthy and thriving business community which in turn provides a long-term sustainable community foundation. Register today to avoid the waiting list:

    Business Retention and Expansion (BR&E)
    September 6 - October 4 (for a total of 15 hours)
    Online

    Register here  

    Long-term BR&E programs are a means of connecting businesses with resources and opportunities that will improve their competitive position, market networks and ultimately their profitability. You won't want to miss this professional development opportunity.

    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. 

    As you know, our CEDTP training program 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 


  • August 30, 2016 11:36 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    While the current economy is tough for many communities across the province, you can take this opportunity to invest in your own future so you can guide your community through the economic challenges it faces and hit the ground running once the economy improves.

    Join EDA in 6 days for Business Retention and Expansion course. It explains how the results of a strong BR&E strategy create a healthy and thriving business community which in turn provides a long-term sustainable community foundation. Register today to avoid the waiting list:

    Business Retention and Expansion (BR&E)
    September 6 - October 4 (for a total of 15 hours)
    Online

    Register here  

    Long-term BR&E programs are a means of connecting businesses with resources and opportunities that will improve their competitive position, market networks and ultimately their profitability. You won't want to miss this professional development opportunity.

    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. 

    As you know, our CEDTP training program 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 

  • August 26, 2016 11:11 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    The Government of Alberta, Calgary Economic Development (CED) and Edmonton Economic Development Corporation (EEDC) would like to invite you to participate in the Alberta Trade and Investment Attraction Mission to ChinaNovember 19-25, 2016.

    This is an opportunity to showcase business opportunities at a series of trade and investment attraction seminars in the cities of Guangzhou and Shanghai.

    The registration deadline is September 9, 2016.

    Download the flyer here; it contains all the pertinent information you need.

    Company profile form

  • August 24, 2016 11:10 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    In two weeks EDA's next online course through the University of Calgary begins. 

    Our Business Retention and Expansion course will explain how the results of a strong BR&E strategy create a healthy and thriving business community which in turn provides a long-term sustainable community foundation. 

    Business Retention and Expansion (BR&E)
    September 6 - October 4 (for a total of 15 hours)
    Online

    Register here.  

    Long-term BR&E programs are a means of connecting businesses with resources and opportunities that will improve their competitive position, market networks and ultimately their profitability. You won't want to miss this professional development opportunity.

    All of our 2016 online courses are available for registration. Plan ahead.  2016 CEDTP Course Calendar

    As you know, our CEDTP training program 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 

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