Community Economic Development Training Program (CEDTP) Online Courses

In order to make our training accessible, we offer our courses in an online format as well as in-person. These courses can be applied to your Ec.D. designation, and are eligible for credit towards the Management Certificate-Economic Developers offered through the University of Calgary in conjunction with EDA.  Read about CEDTP hereRead what CEDTP participants have to say.

We currently offer online training through two platforms:

University of Calgary

Moodle Platform:

Course Registration

To Register for an upcoming online course, click on the course of your choice below and follow the registration process.

Upcoming Courses

    • October 04, 2022
    • November 07, 2022
    • Online through the University of Calgary

    Business and Investment Attraction

    Learn key concepts related to business and investment attraction in economic development. Cover 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. Learn how to develop business investment strategies that will benefit your community.   

    Upon successful completion of this course, you will be able to:

    • Recognize the different types of new investment versus investment attraction
    • Examine criteria to evaluate if your community is in fact ‘investment ready’
    • Describe components that may be included in an Investment Attraction Strategy
    • Identify methods to recognize the target industries that may be attracted to your community
    • Explore investment attraction tools and resources
    • Classify the different types of site selectors and what their search criteria may be
    • Recognize the four basic stages of site selection
    • Review types of Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) and support resources
    • Compare methods of measuring your BI&A program or activities success

    Online registration

    Instructor: Natalie Gibson

    • November 08, 2022
    • December 12, 2022
    • Online through the University of Calgary

    Economic Development Establishing the Foundation

    This course is the first in a series that will provide you with the knowledge and skills to become proficient at economic development. The function of economic development (ED) is often complex, and understanding your role in the process will be key both to the success of your career, and to the overall success of your economic development activities.

    This course is the 30,000-foot view of the process of economic development. It provides the theory and fundamentals of ED along with examples of how it can be applied. There is no one way to do ED. Each community, organization or volunteer group will do ED differently.

    Course Details

    The primary goals of this course are to:

    • Identify what economic development is;
    • Determine how you fit into the function;
    • Examine how you can best serve your community as an economic development professional; and
    • Identify the tools and resources that can help economic developers meet local development challenges.

    To register:

    Instructor: Holly Sorgen

    • November 21, 2022
    • 8:00 AM - 4:00 PM
    • In Person Three Hills Community Centre, Lodge Room,212 Main Street T0M 2A0
    • 11

    Economic Disaster Resilience and Recovery

    Thank you to the community of Three Hills for booking this course for your community.

    If you would like to book this course for your community, simply email:

    Disasters do not discriminate. Floods, wildfires and other natural disasters can happen without warning. Factory closures, cyber security breaches, pandemics and major industry shifts can also cause significant economic disruptions. 

    Are you prepared? A disaster can happen anytime, anywhere, and its economic impacts can be catastrophic. This course is designed to help elected officials, economic development officers and other community leaders prepare for and recover from a disaster. It delivers both theoretical and practical steps to help lessen damages to your local economy.

    Who should attend?

    • Economic Developers
    • Elected Officials
    • CAOs / City Managers
    • Emergency Managers
    • Chamber and other business support organizations
    • Urban planners
    • Economic development committee members
    • Civic organizations
    • Post secondary institutions
    • Other key community stakeholders that have a role to play in business and economic recovery

    Why this format is convenient:

    • There are two live zoom calls from 7 to 830 at night.
    • Then the rest of the time they can do the content at their own time.
    • It is a five week course with an assignment at the end.
    • You will get credit for the course and a certificate and hardcopy manual.

    Instructor: Leann Hackman-Carty and/or Natalie Gibson

Economic practitioners appreciate EDA's online or e-learning courses. E-learning has many benefits; students can self-pace assignments to suit their schedules, learning styles and complete course work from anywhere and at anytime. The assignments are paced in a way that is manageable for the students; and interaction through-out the four weeks creates an online community similar to a classroom experience. The students are welcomed into the course and encouraged to interact with each other through the discussion board, or in the live group session called Elluminate; both are excellent ways to share ideas and ask questions.  -Natalie Gibson, CEDTP trainer. 

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