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  • June 14, 2022 2:00 PM | Anonymous

    Mother Nature is reminding us that June is flood season in Alberta. And, as we know, natural disasters are unpredictable and can strike at any time with consequences to the economies of communities. 

    Be prepared. 

    While many may feel helpless in the face of a crisis, EDA can help you to prepare your communities to help lessen the damage to your local economies. 

    Download our FREE Economic Disaster Resilience and Recovery Toolkit. It has key resources and best practice information.

    We also have hard copies of this toolkit. 

    It is an excellent resource to have on hand for your economic development professionals and members of your Council.

    It is also available by clicking the link above.

    Sign up for our Economic Disaster Resilience and Recovery training available as a one-day in person workshop and online

    We also have a list of Tips for Alberta Business and Community Leaders as we recover from the Covid-19 pandemic. 

    Plus, we are currently working on a 2022 Ukraine Economic Recovery Project.  

  • June 13, 2022 1:30 PM | Anonymous

    Our Webinar Wednesday Series features three upcoming webinars that will deliver information on important initiatives in our province:

    • An update on the Province's rural economic development stakeholder discussions
    • A program to support rural women entrepreneurs in the tech space
    • Plus you'll hear about a real world example of navigating that sweet spot of environmental protection and economic prosperity.

    All Webinars are FREE. 

    Mark your calendars and register. You will receive log in information directly to your inbox.

    Rural Economic Development Update

    Wednesday, June 22

    12:00 - 1:00 PM

    Join us for an update from the Province of Alberta on their Rural Economic Development stakeholder discussions.

    Rural Women Entrepreneurs in Tech 

    Wednesday, June 29

    12:00 - 1:00 PM

    Join us and Suzanne Ebelher, Program Director for Rural Women Entrepreneurs in Tech (RWEIT) to learn more about this new province-wide program.

    Balancing the Environment with Economic Prosperity

    Wednesday, July 6

    12:00 - 1:00 PM

    Join us to learn about the Yellowstone to Yukon Conservation Initiative and how economic opportunities can protect  natural areas and  strengthen local financial resources.

  • June 06, 2022 4:30 PM | Anonymous

    It is recognized as the gold standard of U.S. – Canada relations.

    The Pacific NorthWest Economic Region (PNWER) is holding its 2022 Annual Summit in Calgary July 24-28 and EDA is proud to be a community partner. 

    There are a couple of unique opportunities for EDA Members.

    There is a discount on your registration; plus you have the opportunity to host your own table. 

    EDA members, please check your inbox for the the EDA Members only code to get your discount. Plus details on how to host your town table. 

  • June 01, 2022 4:30 PM | Anonymous

    EDA Ministry Dinner

    Wednesday, October 19 

    Coast Edmonton Plaza Hotel

    Our EDA Ministry Ministry Dinner will be in person !

    In order for the event to be a success, we are looking for event sponsors.

    Plus, you need to register to attend early as space is limited. The purpose of the event is to bring together EDA members with specific government Ministers to network, share information and explore potential partnerships. 

    This is an EDA member only event and a perk to membership! Become an EDA Member here.

  • June 01, 2022 3:30 PM | Anonymous

    Community Economic Development Training Program (CEDTP) 

    Business Retention and Expansion

    July 19 - August 22

    ONLINE through the University of Calgary

    We've all heard this statistic that about 80 percent of new jobs and capital investment comes from companies that ALREADY EXIST in your community. 

    Learn how to turn that stat into reality in your own community. 

    Join us for our Business Retention and Expansion course. 

    This interactive course helps you to understand how a BRE program relates to attraction, workforce development, small business finance, technology and many other economic development activities.

    Register here: https://conted.ucalgary.ca/search/publicCourseSearchDetails.do?method=load&courseId=15264259

  • April 21, 2022 1:44 PM | Anonymous

    We are hitting the ground running with our 2023 edition of Invest in Alberta / Xperience Alberta Magazine. 

    We are building on the massive success of previous editions by continuing with the 2 magazines in a single format.

    Get in on the action! Early bird advertising rates are available. Be sure to book your AD now to get your desired placement in the magazine!  

    The early bird deadline is Friday, May 6.  

    Rate Card

    Here is the 2023 rate card containing information on how you can get your message seen by senior decision makers.

    Contact Anita McGillis by email: Anita@OdvodPublishing.com or by phone: (403) 909-9839

    Once again, EDA Members, you will be the only ones eligible to receive free sponsored content when you book your half page or full page ad; a strategic way to get your message in front of an audience of 15,000 decision makers across Alberta, Canada and around the world.

    Become an EDA Member

    Invest in Alberta/Xperience Alberta Microsite


    This microsite is essentially the magazine in website format with its own unique URL. 

    It is secure, searchable, modern and mobile friendly. 

    Since it is web-based its audience is international and its reach is limitless.  

    The EDA Member Directory on the microsite is also searchable which means potential investors and others who are interested in more information can easily locate contact email addresses and phone numbers. Another reason to become an EDA Member. 

    Invest in Alberta/ Xperience Alberta will be delivered in January 2023.

    Invest in Alberta will focus on key sectors that drive our economy forward. Xperience Alberta highlights what makes Alberta a fantastic place to live, work, study and explore.

    Click on these images to read the digital version of the 2022 2-in-1 magazine. 

    Invest in Alberta/Xperience Alberta is the official publication of Economic Developers Alberta (EDA).

    EDA received an Excellence in Economic Development Award from the International Economic Development Council (IEDC) for the Invest in Alberta / Xperience Alberta magazine.

    Odvod Publishing and Anita MacGillis earned the EDA Project Partner of the Year Award for the Invest in Alberta /Xperience Alberta Magazine.

  • April 19, 2022 6:30 PM | Anonymous

    “Ethics is knowing the difference between what you have a right to do and what is right to do.” - Potter Stewart

    Economic developers handle confidential information, compete for projects and serve several stakeholders. It is important that we do business that upholds the highest standards of ethical conduct and create an ethical culture that shows we consistently do business with these high standards in place. 

    Most of us view ethical behaviour as common sense, but sometimes it's not that black and white.

    Economic Developers Alberta (EDA) along with the International Economic Development Council (IEDC) are holding a training worship that will help you navigate ethics in economic development.

    This course is also designed to show you how to fine tune your ethics program including how to develop a Code of Conduct.

    This workshop is a recertification requirement for Certified Economic Developers (CEcDs). 

    Be sure to join us for this FREE workshop. 

    IEDC/EDA Economic Development Ethics Workshop. 

    Wednesday May 111PM - 5PM

    Online via ZOOM

    This IEDC/EDA training session will cover a variety of topics including: guidance on the importance of integrity in decision making; tools for making ethical decisions; and interactive case study examples to demonstrate ethical decision making in difficult situations.

    This workshop is being held during Economic Development Week May 9 -13.


  • April 12, 2022 4:30 PM | Anonymous

    The Alberta Hemp Alliance is holding a Conference called:

    Exploring the World of Hemp Opportunities

    April 21 - 22, 2022  

    Click on the link below to read more and register: 


  • April 07, 2022 11:30 PM | Anonymous

    Economic Developers Alberta (EDA) Recognizes Excellence in Economic Development in Alberta 

    Thursday, April 7 2022 - Economic Developers Alberta (EDA) presented its Annual Awards of Excellence during EDA Xperience 2022: Leaders' Summit and Conference at the Pomeroy Mountain Lodge in Kananaskis.

    The 2022 Annual Awards of Excellence honour Alberta individuals for their contribution to the profession; as well as Alberta communities for excellence in the following categories:

    • Economic Development Renewal Project
    • Implementation of ESG (Environmental, Social, Governance) priorities in an Economic Development Project 
    • Regional Collaboration and Partnership Project  

    The winning communities and organizations and the names of their initiatives are: 

    Economic Development Renewal Project  

    • Large Community:  City of Red Deer - Meet the Street
    • Medium Community:  Community Futures Wildrose - Wildrose Agritourism                         Innovation Challenge
    • Small Community: Town of Sundre - Sundre Light Garden

    Implementation of ESG (Environmental, Social, Governance) Priorities in an Economic Development Project: 

    • Large Community:  Calgary Economic Development - Implementation of ESG Strategy for Film & Television: The Calgary Film Commission
    • Small Community: 

      - Municipal District of Greenview - Greenview Industrial Gateway 

      - Town of Claresholm - Welcoming Claresholm

    Regional Collaboration and Partnership Project:  

    • Large Community: City of Edmonton - Downtown Vibrancy Strategy
    • Medium CommunityCommunity Futures West Yellowhead - Supporting Local on the Road to Recovery
    • Small Community: Flagstaff County - Flagstaff Crafted Fall/Winter Gift Guide

    The Alex Metcalfe Awards

    These awards celebrate the best of the best in each category: 

    Economic Development Renewal Project: Town of Sundre - Sundre Light Garden

    Implementation of ESG (Environmental, Social, Governance) Priorities in an Economic Development Project:  Calgary Economic Development - Implementation of ESG Strategy for Film & Television: The Calgary Film Commission

    Regional Collaboration and Partnership Project:  City of Edmonton - Downtown Vibrancy Strategy

    The individuals recognized are: 

    The Economic Developer of the Year

    Brady Schnell

    Economic Development Officer

     Town of Claresholm

    The Outstanding Young Professional

    Kim Welby

    Economic Development Officer

    SouthGrow Regional Initiative 

    The President’s Award

    Justin Reimer

    Assistant Deputy Minister

    Prairies Economic Development Canada, Alberta Region at Government of Canada

    The EDA Individual Awards

    These Awards recognize the people and partnerships who made a significant contribution to the ongoing work of our organization, Economic Developers Alberta (EDA).

    Community Economic Development Training Program (CEDTP) Trainer of the Year

    Natalie Gibson 

    InnoVisions and Associates

    EDA Mentor of the Year 

    Martin Ebel

    Economic Development Officer 

    Lethbridge County

    EDA Mentee of the Year 

    Jacqueline Buchanan

    Economic Development Officer

    Kneehill County

    EDA Project Partner of the Year 

    Anita McGillis 

    Odvod Publishing 

  • March 04, 2022 5:00 PM | Anonymous

    A reminder that the deadline to submit your entry for an EDA Award of Excellence is one week from today.  Friday, March 11 at 4:30 PM.

    Apply Here

    The EDA Awards of Excellence is open to any EDA member in good standing who lives in Alberta.

    If you have never competed for an EDA Award of Excellence take some time this weekend and put together your application; this is your year to apply!

    To reflect the ever-changing nature of economic development and the creative projects our members are undertaking throughout the province.... 

    EDA has revised our Annual Awards of Excellence Program by creating new community award categories and a streamlined application process! 

    Here are the revised categories in a nutshell: 

    • Economic Development Renewal Project (Residential, Commercial, Industrial, Retail, Tourism)
    • Implementation of ESG (Environmental, Social, Governance) priorities in an Economic Development Project.
    • Regional Collaboration and Partnership Project....read more here. 

    The groups: large, medium and small community remain the same. The Economic Developer of the Year and Outstanding Young Professional categories remain the same.  

    The awards will be presented during EDA Xperience 2022 Leaders' Summit and Conference  April 6-8 in Kananaskis. 

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