• September 14, 2018 10:11 AM | Anonymous

    EDA Event Calendar 

    EDA 2019 Annual Conference

    Held at The Banff Centre in Banff, Alberta 

    April 3 - 5, 2019

    Read about the Conference and register today.


    Economic Development Establishing the Foundation

    October 23 - November 26, 2018 

    Online through the University of Calgary

    Register here

    Points can be applied to your professional certification.

    Complete schedule of online courses here.


    Economic Resilience Training for Community and Regional Leaders

    Wednesday, October 24  in Hinton, AB

    Hosted by: Community Futures West Yellowhead

    Read about the Economic Resilience Training Program

    book our award winning course  today: admin@edaalberta.ca

    2018 EDA Ministry Dinner 

    Thursday October 25 - Coast Edmonton Hotel, Edmonton AB

    Tickets are selling quickly. Don't miss out on networking with economic development professionals as well as key government officials such as Minister Deron Bilous, Economic Development and Trade and Minister Shaye Anderson, Alberta Municipal Affairs. Read the other key officials who have RSVP'd so far.

    This dinner sells out each year.

    Register here 

    Read about EDA's 2017 Ministry Dinner

    Become a sponsor of this prestegious event. Only one sponsorship opportunity left! 

    E-mail: admin@edaalberta.ca

    IEDC's Economic Development  Marketing and Attraction Course

    October 11 -12

    Calgary Marriott Downtown Hotel, Calgary AB

    Read about the course and register here.

    Economic Development for Elected Officials

    To book this course in your community contact: admin@edaalberta.ca

    Read why this course is an essential tool for these community leaders.

    AUMA Annual Convention

    September 26 – 28 Westerner Park, Red Deer AB

    EDA CEO Leann Hackman-Carty and EDA board member Martin Ebel will be welcoming you to our booth #63. 

    For more information and to register go to www.auma.ca.

  • September 07, 2018 12:30 PM | Anonymous


    EDA Professional Development 

    Business and Investment Attraction

    Dear Nancy Toombs,

    This is a reminder that EDA members get a 50% rebate on our online course beginning Tuesday: 

    Business and Investment Attraction

    September 11 - October 15

    Online through the University of Calgary

    Register here

    This course delivers information about a key economic development strategy essential to your practice. The flexibility of online learning means you can take this course at your own pace making this a convenient way to work toward your certification.

    Register today because space is limited.

    2018 Calendar of CEDTP Courses

    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. 

    Read about the value of Professional Certification 

  • September 06, 2018 10:08 AM | Anonymous


    EDA Media Release

    For Immediate Release

    Economic Developers Alberta (EDA) Receives National Award for its Economic Recovery and Resiliency Program

    SDG Leadership Awards Presented to Organizations Committed to Advancing Sustainable Development Goals

    Toronto, ON (September 6, 2018)   Economic Developers Alberta (EDA) has received an SDG Leadership Award for its Economic Recovery and Resiliency Program

    The Global Compact Network Canada (GCNC), the Canadian network of the UN Global Compact, organizes the award. These awards recognize Canadian organizations that are helping to advance the 17 Sustainable Development Goals in Canada and inspiring others to take action.

    “We are proud to be recognized for our contribution to advancing the SDG’s in Canada with our Economic Recovery and Resiliency Program,” said Leann Hackman-Carty EDA CEO. “The information and training in our program helps to build the capacity to respond to and recover from economic disruptions. I feel our work also inspires Canadian communities to embrace important resiliency practices.”

    EDA’s strategic partner, the International Economic Development Council (IEDC) has helped to accelerate and expand EDA’s work in this area. 

    “Congratulations to EDA for being recognized nationally for your Economic Recovery and Resiliency program,” said Jeff Finkle, IEDC President. “Over the past few years we have been pleased to partner with EDA in order to become a one-stop shop for disaster preparedness and post-disaster economic recovery by providing important economic resilience resources, tools, and training to our members. These economic developers are dedicated to creating, retaining and expanding jobs in their communities.”  

    Since its inception in 2015, the GCNC has played an important role in bringing the business case of the SDGs to Canadian businesses, and advocating their adoption and implementation. 

    "The SDG Leadership Awards are Canada’s celebration of the SDGs and an inspiration for business leadership. Today we will celebrate and recognize organizations and businesses who are doing great work to help advance the SDGs and inspiring others to take action to create the future we want," said Helle Bank Jorgensen, President Emeritus, Global Compact Network Canada.

    Read EDA's entry here

    About Economic Developers Alberta (EDA)


    For more information or to arrange an interview contact:

    Leann Hackman-Carty EDA CEO

    Mobile: 403-807-7746


  • August 20, 2018 10:05 AM | Anonymous

    EDA Resources

    Invest in Alberta Magazine:  EDA's Official Publication

    If you want to get your community's brand in front of an international audience of 13-thousand then get involved in Invest in Alberta Magazine. This is an essential guide to investment and business opportunities across all regions of Alberta.

    Read more here.

    Contact Anita McGillis: amcgillis@redpointmedia.ca to get involved.

    The magazine is in website format:  www.investalbertamag.ca

    Share this link with your colleagues around the world. 

    Elected Officials Course

    Elected officials have a critical role to play in the economic, political and social well being of the their communities. We give elected officials a unique opportunity by offering the

     Elected Officials Course.  

    Help these leaders in your community to understand their role and how best to support economic development work in your community. 

    Organize this one-day course by contacting:


    Investment Readiness Toolkit

    You have a demanding and complex job in this global economy. 

    The Investment Readiness Toolkit is an important instrument to help you meet the high expectations required to attract, retain and grow businesses. 

    Read more about the toolkit and download the document here. 

    Economic Recovery and Resiliency Program

    There were nearly 50 natural disasters in Canada from 2015-2018. Communities are vulnerable. The current wildfires raging in BC are proof. EDA can help you to prepare for economic disruption after a disaster and provide you with strategies to ensure your community is prepared.

    We provide our members with the most up to date resources and best practice information on how to prepare for, respond to, and recover their businesses and economies.

    Discover the information available to you to prepare your community in the event of a disaster. 

    You can help our Economic Recovery and Resiliency Program win a National Award. Cast your vote for us for the SDG Leadership Award 2018! The deadline to vote is today at 3:00 pm MST 

    Economic Development Matters

    How important is economic development to a community? 

    EDA has the answer. 

    We have joined economic development organizations from across the country to create a website and to produce a short video that demonstrates the impact of economic development. 

    Feel free to download the video for your own use when you're explaining your role and its significance.  

    It can be found at: www.economicdevelopmentmatters.com

    Economic Development Online

    Looking for a library of best practices, tools, and professional development opportunities? 

    Economic Development Online is designed to support economic development professionals, community leaders and volunteers. The majority of the website is restricted to subscribers and user credentials have been established for all current EDA members for free.

    Read more about this important resource and subscribe here.

    AlbertaBusinessCounts Program

    This customer relations management software provides a consistent province-wide method for gathering data needed to identify and analyze business needs at the local, regional and provincial level. 

    Read about AlbertaBusinessCounts and join the many EDA member communities who have signed up. 

  • June 14, 2018 10:09 AM | Anonymous

    EDA Event Calendar 

    Business Retention and Expansion

    July 24 - August 27

    Online through the University of calgary

    Read about the course and register here

    See the 2018 course schedule

    AlbertaBusinessCounts Free Training Webinar Series

    Thursday, June 21- register

    Thursday, August 16- register

    Read about AlbertaBusinessCounts

    EDA's Course for Elected Officials 

    To book this course in your community email:


    Read why this course is an  essential tool for these community leaders.

    We would like to take a moment and remember this is the 5th Anniversary of the 2013 flood that swept through Southern Alberta. 

    EDA's response to that disaster was the creation of our Economic Disaster Recovery Program. 

    Read about our Economic Resilience Training for Community and Regional Leaders which began in 2017. 

    EDA has an MOU with IEDC to deliver their Economic Resilience and Recovery training in Canada

    Watch this YouTube video on why this type of training is essential to your community's economic health.

    Book a course in your community: admin@edaalberta.ca

    Economic Resilience Training for Community and Regional Leaders

    Wednesday, October 24

    Hinton, AB

    Hosted by: Community Futures West Yellowhead

    book your course today: admin@edaalberta.ca

    Economic Development  Marketing and Attraction Course

    October 11 -12

    Calgary Marriott Downtown Hotel, Calgary AB

    Read about the course and register here

    2018 EDA Ministry Dinner

    Thursday, October 25

    Coast Edmonton Hotel, Edmonton AB

    Register here

    Read about EDA's 2017 Ministry Dinner  


  • June 11, 2018 10:10 AM | Anonymous

    Be Part of a Winning Team! 

    Vote for EDA and We Could Win the 2018 SDG Leadership Award 

    Economic Developers Alberta is eligible for a national award and you can help us to win it!

    Called the SDG Leadership Award, it recognizes organizations taking a leadership role in driving action toward the United Nation's Sustainable Development Goals in Canada.

    The awards are organized by the Global Compact Network Canada (GCNC) the Canadian chapter of the UN Global Compact, which promotes a voluntary corporate strategic policy initiative for businesses that are committed to aligning their operations and strategies with 10 universally accepted principals in the areas of human rights, labour, environment and anti-corruption. 

    Economic Developers Alberta, has submitted it's economic disaster recovery and resilience program as it aligns with the advancement of the Sustainable Development Goals. We are the very first entry for this award! 

    You can help us to win this award by voting for us. 

    Please click on this link to read our entry; scroll to the bottom of the page where you can vote.

    By participating in these awards we hope to inspire other organizations to embed the SDG in their practices and help to create a more sustainable future.

    Thank you for your support

    -The EDA Team

  • June 07, 2018 10:13 AM | Anonymous

    Be good to yourself this summer by making your professional development a priority.
    Enrol in EDA's Business Retention and Expansion online course through the U of C. Along with excellent content the best thing about this online course is it's flexible format making it ideal for summer schedules. 

    Business Retention and Expansion: 
    July 24- August 27 
    Read about the course and register : https://conted.ucalgary.ca/search/publicCourseSearchDetails.do?method=load&courseId=15264259

    Whether you are at your office, on your deck or at the lake this summer, you'll learn how business retention and expansion (BR&E) is a primary economic development strategy. 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.

  • May 25, 2018 10:16 AM | Anonymous

    EDA CEO Leann Hackman-Carty Earns the Emergency Management Exemplary Service Award

    Last week in Ottawa, EDA CEO Leann Hackman-Carty was given the Emergency Management Exemplary Service Award for her work in economic disaster recovery and community resilience. 

    Following the Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo wildfire, Leann had an integral role in supporting the recovery of the community. She managed and led a team of experts on the implementation of a complete Economic Opportunity and Recovery Assessment for the region and worked with the Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo to set up and run the Business Recovery Hotline to validate businesses for Canadian Red Cross Emergency Relief. In 2017, Leann launched a pilot project to bring economic resilience training for community and regional leaders to four Alberta communities. This important work in fostering community resilience is further reflected by the release of her series of preparedness, response and recovery guides for families, business and communities. 

    EDA CEO Leann Hackman-Carty earns the Emergency Management Exemplary Service Award

  • May 14, 2018 12:00 PM | Anonymous

    Congratulations to Natalie Gibson!  Natalie wins a free EDA Membership for 2019.

    Many thanks to all those who tweeted their videos these past few days to celebrate International Economic Development Week.  

    It was a tough choice.

    Our judges were looking for a short (approximately 30 seconds), "selfie-style" video in a passionate voice explaining why economic development is important or why you love your job as an economic developer! or both! 

    Click here to see Natalie's video

    We would like to give a shout out to Angela Groeneveld and her entry. Talk about passion! 

    Here's Angela's video

    Thanks everyone for taking part in this very first contest of its kind for EDA. We plan to build on this in the future and look forward to your participation!

    -The EDA Team 

  • February 21, 2017 12:30 PM | Anonymous


    EDA Professional Development 

    Community Economic Development Training Program 

    Are you curious about how business and investment attraction can benefit your community? 

    Expand your knowledge of business investment and attraction as a strategy in economic development. Register for EDA's next online course through the University of Calgary. It begins in one month. 

    *EDA Members are eligible for a 50% rebate:  

    Business and Investment Attraction (BIA)
    March 21 - April 24 (for a total of 15 hours)

    Register here 

    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.


    Plan ahead. All of our online courses are open for registration. 

    See our 2017 calendar here.

    Plan to host one of our CEDTP courses in your community. 

    Email admin@edaalberta.ca for information.

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