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  • July 14, 2016 10:00 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    The world is changing quickly and we need to anticipate what skills will be needed for future industries rather than taking a reactionary approach that would leave our workforce playing catch-up. 

    Join us for EDA's next Marketing Masters Webinar:

    Help Wanted - The Future of Work 

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

    *Please note all fees are in USD

    This Webinar will explain four factors that drive trends. That will then help economic developers determine the skills that will be necessary for companies to meet the demands of their customers. We can then inform government as to what infrastructure will be needed. Also, we can help companies consider unseen opportunities.  Bring your team and join us next week. 

  • July 12, 2016 2:13 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Alberta’s Municipal Government Act (MGA) defines the way municipalities operate, including the services they offer, how they raise funds and more. The current MGA was introduced in the mid-1990s and was considered a model for municipal legislation in Canada. However, after nearly 20 years, it was determined the MGA should be revisited in order to meet the changing needs of Alberta’s communities. 

    A couple of months ago, the Modernized Municipal Government Act (MGA) was introduced in the legislature. Municipal Affairs is travelling to 20 locations across Alberta in June and July to discuss the proposed changes to the MGA through public sessions. 

    If you would like to provide input there are a couple of ways to get involved: by attending a public session or by providing written feedback. Visit the Municipal Affairs Website to let your voice be heard.

  • July 12, 2016 2:12 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    If you are planning to attend IEDC's 2016 Annual Conference September 25-28, please note the early bird deadline is this Friday July 15. Register today.

    Canadian attendees have a special registration rate. The Canadian dollar is on par with the US dollar but you must register online to receive this rate and enter coupon code ANNUAL16 at the checkout. The on par pricing only applies to registration. After July 15 the registration increases by $140 CAD.

  • July 05, 2016 9:44 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Register today for the next free training webinar in EDA's AlbertaBusinessCounts Program. 

    In this webinar you will explore the many privacy and group sharing options within the AlbertaBusinessCounts platform. 

    AlbertaBusinessCounts Training Webinar
    Friday August 5, 2016
    12:00 - 1:00 pm

    Register here

    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. 

  • July 04, 2016 1:14 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Plan today to register for your next professional development opportunity with EDA's Community Economic Development Training Program (CEDTP). 

    EDA is offering it's next online course through the University of Calgary designed to support and foster the development and growth of the business community. 

    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. 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.

    EDA's Business Retention and Expansion (BR&E)

    September 6 - October 4, 2016
    Register here.  

    All of our 2016 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.


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

    EDA is giving you an opportunity to be a $2500.00 sponsor of the 2016 Ministry Dinner. This is an excellent opportunity to promote your brand to key decision makers in the province. If you or any of your key contacts are interested in being involved please let me know at nancy.toombs@edaalberta.ca and I will give you the details of the sponsorship agreement. Once again we are pleased that Miller Thomson is the primary sponsor of this event.

    We are taking registrations for the 2016 event which sold out last year. The 2016 Ministry Dinner gives the province's economic development professionals as well as key government decision makers the opportunity to share ideas, information and discuss potential partnerships. 

    2016 EDA Ministry Dinner
    Thursday October 27, 2015
    Matrix Hotel, Prism Room and Amber Room
    10640-100 Avenue, Edmonton

    Cocktails: 5:00- 6:00 pm

    Dinner: 6:00 - 9:00 pm

    Register here

    By supporting the leadership role of economic developers, we also fortify their efforts to ensure the economic viability of their communities. 

  • June 28, 2016 9:51 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    The summer months are an excellent time to pursue professional development opportunities. 

    EDA would like to remind you to book our Course for Elected Officials in your community. Simply email admin@edaalberta.ca and we can give you the details on how to arrange for this course.

    In EDA's 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. 

    We are also offering two Courses for Elected Officials this fall. Register early to avoid the waiting list:  

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

    St. Paul
    Friday, October 21
    9:00am - 4:00pm
    Register here 

    Be a champion economic development in your community! 

  • June 23, 2016 10:30 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. 


  • June 20, 2016 9:00 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    The Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo (RMWB) Economic Development Department is helping its business community get back on its feet after forest fires swept through the region last month. 

    A Business Recovery Hotline has been established to gather information about immediate needs and provide access to various resources. In addition, the Hotline is processing emergency financial relief for small businesses. The Canadian Red Cross will be providing $1000 to each small business that meets basic eligibility criteria. This funding is made possible through generous donations to the Canadian Red Cross as a result of the Alberta Fires, affecting Fort McMurray and surrounding areas.

    So far, the Wood Buffalo Business Recovery Hotline has validated 691 businesses totalling $691,000.  If your small business was impacted by the fires please call 1-855-RMWBBIZ (769-2249) to register and receive your payment. 

    EDA is pleased to support its members at the RMWB. Economic developers play a critical leadership role in a community’s recovery process. EDA's Economic Disaster Recovery Program (EDRP) is being used as a valuable template for the RMWB's overall business and economic disaster recovery strategy. 

  • June 10, 2016 11:01 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)


    News Release

    For immediate release

    Emergency Relief Available for Small Businesses Affected by Fires in the Wood Buffalo Region

    (Fort McMurray, AB – June 10, 2016) – Small Businesses in the Wood Buffalo region impacted by the fires will now have the opportunity to apply for some initial emergency financial relief.

    The Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo (RMWB) and Economic Developers Alberta (EDA), thanks to financial support from the Canadian Red Cross, will be providing $1000 to each small business that meets the eligibility criteria.

    “Our businesses are resilient, but the wildfires have affected our community profoundly,” said Mayor Melissa Blake. “We know that they need financial assistance as they begin working through the recovery process, and I encourage all small business owners in the municipality to apply for this support.”

    Financial relief for small business was identified as a key priority in the Business and Economic Disaster Recovery Plan, approved by Council on May 25, 2016. To receive the emergency relief funds, small businesses must phone the Wood Buffalo Business Recovery Hotline to register their business. Once registered, small businesses that meet the eligibility criteria will receive instructions on how to receive the $1000 of emergency relief.

    Small businesses are able to register on the Wood Buffalo Business Recovery Hotline at 1-855-RMWB BIZ (1-855-769-2249) from 7 a.m. to 9 p.m., seven days a week. To receive funding, businesses must meet the following eligibility criteria:

    ·         Register their business at the RMWB Business Recovery Hotline (1-855-RMWB BIZ).

    ·         Have an active RMWB business license.

    ·         Be located/headquartered in a RMWB community.

    ·         Be a small business – defined as having 50 employees or less, excluding contractors.

    For further resources and information, visit www.choosewoodbuffalo.ca.


    Media inquiries: 

    Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo

    Economic Developers Alberta (EDA)
    Leann Hackman-Carty, EDA CEO


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