• International Economic Development Week

2020 International Economic Development Week 

May 4 - 9, 2020

International Economic Development Week is a North America-wide celebration and recognition of economic development professionals and the essential work they are doing every day.

Our strategic partner, the International Economic Development Council (IEDC) designated this week and EDA had several initiatives to recognize the hard work of economic development professionals in Alberta. 

EDA chose International Economic Development Week to kick off a brand new program designed to support economic development professionals as they roll up their sleeves to do the essential work of advancing communities and economies in Alberta. 

Called the Mentorship Program, it is exclusive to EDA members and is designed to build professional relationships among economic developers who are looking for guidance or who are seasoned professionals that have knowledge to shareApplications close June 26

Special Webinar: Celebrating International Economic Development Week

EDA hosted a special webinar where economic development professionals shared their passion for the profession by sharing stories. Watch a recording of the webinar here.

Special Interview

EDA's Leann Hackman Carty and IEDC's CEO Jeffery Finkle sit down to chat about economic development and why it's critical. Especially now. Watch the interview here. 

EDA's Alberta Economic Development Leaders' Summit

EDA's inaugural “Alberta Economic Development Leaders’ Summit” was a huge success! Now more than ever collaboration to move our economy forward is essential and the economic development leaders on the webinar shared energy and ideas and engaged in excellent discussions.

Thank you to our partners AUMA, RMA and AlbertaSW for your support. Barry Morishita, Al Kemmere and Bev Thornton, your thoughtful words set just the right tone for this important conversation. 

Thank you to Hon. Tanya Fir, Minister of Economic Development Trade & Tourism for your support of EDA and of the hard work of economic developers.

And thank you to the economic development "front line workers" for continuing the essential work to help repair our economy, accelerate economic recovery, and create a more resilient province in the months and years ahead; your insights and ideas are critical to future success.

EDA is compiling the information we gathered at the Summit and will be making that available.

We had originally planned to have the event in person; however, given COVID-19 restrictions, we moved the event to an online format. 


Other Resources


Economic Development Matters -  EDA joined economic development organizations from across the country to create a website and to produce a short video that demonstrates the importance of economic development to the fabric of a community. This website contains the video in both official languages. Feel free to download these videos and make good use of them. 


  • Why Invest in Economic Development in Good Times?- An excellent resource when the value of economic development programs is called into question. This brochure provides the rationale of why investing in economic development is good for a community.
  • PRESENTATION: Introduction to Economic Development- This powerpoint presentation highlights how economic development is the intentional practice of improving improving a community’s economic well-being and quality of life.

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