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.
The primary goals of this course are to:
To register: https://conted.ucalgary.ca/search/publicCourseSearchDetails.do?method=load&courseId=12618114
Instructor: Holly Sorgen
Excellence in Manufacturing Consortium Webinar
Setting Yourself Up for Successful Cross-Border Operation
Canada and the U.S. share one of the largest trading relationships in the world, with over $1 trillion in bilateral trade in goods and services. As a result, Canadian manufacturers need to know the tips and tricks associated with setting up cross border banking and financing.
In this session you will learn about:
Presenters: Pearl Moroz, Senior Relationship, BMO Canada Jeffrey Danielsen, VP, Commercial Banking, BMO Harris, Chicago, US Brian Vachout, Senior Treasury Manager, BMO Harris, Chicago, US
Webinar Wednesday- EDA Annual Awards of Excellence Information Session
Join EDA Directors Ben Young and Peter Casurella and learn about the new categories in EDA's Annual Awards of Excellence Program.
They will also give you tips on how to submit an award winning entry.
The call for submissions begins January 2, 2023
Be sure to join us for EDA Xperience 2023 Leaders' Summit and Conference and attend our Awards Gala on Thursday April 13.
Not an EDA Member? Then Join us.
Taking part in our Awards of Excellence is a perk to membership
Match Factor is a pilot project lead by Economic Developers Alberta (EDA) and SuccessionMatching to match Alberta businesses ready to sell with investor partners and newcomers to Canada. It's also where opportunity meets preparation.
Its goals are to:
In order to do that, the Project helps Alberta businesses put together a transition plan; matches them with investors; and facilitates the employment of skilled, available Ukrainian people displaced by ongoing war in their region.
SuccessionMatching has already identified a number of capital investors interested in purchasing and partnering with suitable Alberta businesses. And the SuccessionMatching team will be the point of contact for onboarding Ukrainian people that have landed in Canada and match them to the business opportunities.
EDA Members are being encouraged to identify businesses in their communities, ready to transition, who would benefit from participation in the project.
Join us for this informational webinar, where we will hear more about how you can market this unique opportunity to businesses in your region!
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Excellence in Manufacturing Consortuim Webinar
Continuous Improvement Round Table
Join Western Canada manufacturers for an opportunity to share tips and tricks, on a peer-to-peer basis.
Opportunities for Scaling Home-based Businesses in your Community
Part of Co-operatives First's Hometown Advantage Webinar Series
Home-based businesses bring creativity and variety to a community. Whether it’s woodworking, baking or something completely original, these little businesses provide heart and character not found in larger companies or big box brands. But operating on their own can be somewhat limiting for the entrepreneur. This webinar explores ways these intrepid business owners can scale while maintaining their unique character and independence.
This webinar is part of the Co-operatives First Hometown Advantage Webinar Series.
As a perk to EDA Membership, EDA will help to promote our members' webinars.
More information here.
Business Retention and Expansion
Business retention and expansion (BR&E) is a primary economic development strategy. BR&E supports and fosters 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. 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.
If you wish to have credits applied to Continuing Education’s Professional Management Certificate – Economic Developers, you will need to contact our office at 403-220-2866 . Credits for the Community Economic Development courses equals 2/3 of the instruction hours to a maximum of 30 hours, i.e. for a 15 hour course you will receive 10 hours credit.
Instructor: Natalie Gibson
To register: https://conted.ucalgary.ca/search/publicCourseSearchDetails.do?method=load&courseId=15264259
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:
Online registration: https://conted.ucalgary.ca/search/publicCourseSearchDetails.do?method=load&courseId=15410870
Instructor: Natalie Gibson
For more information see www.rmaalberta.com
Once again, our AGM will take place online.
Please register here in advance if you can. You will be sent a password. All voting will be done during the meeting.
At the AGM we will be electing our 2023-24 Board of Directors.
All documents required in advance will be available on our website, under the members-only section. Please note only EDA voting members are able to access this web page.
Please ensure you sign into the EDA website with the email associated with your EDA membership and password.
Are you thinking of coming to the conference early? Then think about coming to a pre-conference mixer to enjoy some drinks, tasty snacks and catching up with new and old friends!
Your ticket will include a some tasty snacks and a beverage ticket (wine, beer, highball or pop).
Cancellations will be refunded before March 30 with a $25 cancellation fee. No refunds after March 21, 2023.
EDA Xperience 2023 Leaders' Summit and Conference
April 12 -14, 2023
Pomeroy Mountain Lodge
Please make sure the email used to register matches the delegate that is attending.
Our Leaders' Summit and Conference attracts more than 400 economic development experts and elected officials from across Alberta, Canada and around the world.
All information related to the conference can be found on our website by clicking this link.
Check back often as the information is constantly updated.
Last year this event was sold out.
Be sure to book your accommodation at the Pomeroy Mountain Lodge early to ensure you are staying at the Conference site.
Click this link to book your room at the Conference site now.
Our strategic partner, the International Economic Development Council (IEDC) has designated the week of May 8-12, 2023 Economic Development Week.
We invite you to take part in this North America-wide campaign that consists of activities designed to create awareness of the economic development programs in your communities that enhance your quality of life.
Check www.iedconline.org for an updated 2023 toolkit to help you get started on your campaign to increase exposure for the profession and the benefits of economic development.
View our video @ www.economicdevelopmentmatters.com.
Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org with your iconic development week initiative and we will post it on our website.
Join us at the Annual Alberta Muncipalities convention.
Come and visit us at our booth. We look forward to seeing you there!
For more information and to register go to www.abmunis.ca.
Plan now to attend the 2024 conference.
Your Economic Development Network in Alberta
Toll Free Phone: 1.866.671.8182