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.

Our strategic partner, the International Economic Development Council (IEDC) designated the week of May 4 - 9, 2020 as Economic Development Week.

Download this toolkit to help you get started on your campaign to increase exposure for the profession and the benefits of economic development. You will also find examples of successful campaigns from 2019. @iedctweets @edaalberta #EconDevWeek #QualityOfLife #EDW2020

Other Resources

VIDEO: Economic Development Matters - In 2018, to commemorate International Economic Development Week, 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 video is also designed to assist economic developers in educating your community, stakeholders, and Council on their important work. 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?- This is a great resource when the value of economic development programs is called into question. With arguments like a strong economy and current worker shortage, it is important to dispel myths about the role of economic development in ensuring the long term resiliency of a community during good and bad economic times. This brochure provides the rationale of why investing in economic development is good for a community.
  • Who Economic Development Programs help and How- This brochure gives a higher level overview of who and how economic development programs help, including examples of some of the services that EDOs typically provide. Whether your organization provides all of these services or just a few, economic development programs around the country impact myriad people's lives in very different and consequential ways.

PRESENTATION: Introduction to Economic Development- This powerpoint presentation highlights how economic development is the intentional practice of improving a community’s economic well-being and quality of life. It includes a broad-range of activities to attract, create, and retain jobs, and to foster a resilient, pro-growth tax base and an inclusive economy. The practice of economic development comprises of a collaborative effort involving industry, government and myriad community stakeholders.

EDA Twitter Contest 

We also took to Twitter in 2019 and created some buzz around the good work being done in communities. Details about 2020 coming soon!

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