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  • October 06, 2016 9:25 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    As you know, a benefit of EDA membership is your contact information published in the EDA Member Directory that appears in our Invest in Alberta magazine. It is an excellent opportunity for potential investors to get in touch with you personally. 

    This is a reminder to ensure your member contact information is current. Please review your contact information below. This is how it will appear in the 2017 edition of Invest in Alberta.

    If changes and / or additions need to be made please sign into your EDA account on our website and make the necessary changes directly as soon as possible, otherwise it will appear as noted below. Please do not reply to this e-mail.

    Your nametitleorganization, business addressbusiness phone number and business e-mail will be required in order make the EDA Member Directory consistent and professional looking. 

    Please take the time to review your contact information below to ensure all requirements are met.  

    Name: 

    Job Title: 

    Organization: 

    Mailing Address: 

    Work Phone Number: 

    Work E-mail

    The deadline to make these changes is Friday, October 14.   

    If you would like to see what our 2016 membership directory looked like here is a link to last year's magazine. 

    Thank you.

  • October 05, 2016 5:00 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    At the IEDC conference in Cleveland last week, IEDC premiered an inspiring video in recognition of the Year of the Economic Developer.

    Sometimes the work we do in our communities is tough and thankless. We don’t see immediate results. Some of our activities take months or years to come to fruition. But we continue, because deep down we believe we are making a difference.

    For those of you who are economic development practitioners, take a couple of minutes to view the video. After watching, I am sure you will be even more proud of the work you do and how you are making your community, region and province a better place for all. 

    For those of you who aren’t sure about what your economic developer does, have a look. You may be surprised at the type of work they are doing to make your community thrive.

     Please click here to watch this video.

    In closing, I want to personally thank all of Alberta’s dedicated economic development professionals for the hard work each of you do every day. Collectively, we are making a difference.

    Enjoy your day as we continue to celebrate the Year of the Economic Developer!

    Sincerely,

    Leann Hackman-Carty, CEO

  • October 04, 2016 9:21 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    In one week, EDA's Business and Investment Attraction Online Course begins. Don't forget EDA members receive a 50% rebate on the course fee. This course will equip you with pertinent information during these challenging economic times.   

    Business and Investment Attraction (BIA)
    October 11 - November 8, 2016
    Online through the U of C

    Register here 

    To receive your rebate, email admin@edaalberta.ca with your course receipt.

    If you want to take this course in-person, plan to host it in your community. It is a one-day course and EDA members will receive a 50% rebate on the course fee. This offer is good until the end of this year. Contactadmin@edaalberta.ca with the dates you prefer and we will arrange for an instructor. Book now to get your preferred dates! 

    Our BIA course covers 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. 

    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.

    #EDAOnline 

  • October 04, 2016 9:20 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    EDAC will once again host a group sitting of the Ec.D. exam during its 48th Professional Development Conference - on Saturday, October 22, 2016 in Saskatoon, SK.

    Contact the EDAC office at gardiner@edac.ca if you are ready, have enough points and would like to write! 

    Join your colleagues across Canada who have already earned the Ec.D. Designation.

    More information here.


  • September 27, 2016 3:00 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Avoid the wait list! Register today for EDA's popular Business and Investment Attraction Online Course. It begins in two weeks. Don't forget EDA members receive a 50% rebate on the course fee. 

    Business and Investment Attraction (BIA)
    October 11 - November 8, 2016
    Online through the U of C

    Register here 

    To receive your rebate, email admin@edaalberta.ca with your course receipt.

    If you want to take this course in-person, plan to host it in your community. It is a one-day course and EDA members will receive a 50% rebate on the course fee. This offer is good until the end of this year. Contactadmin@edaalberta.ca with the dates you prefer and we will arrange for an instructor. Book now to get your preferred dates! 

    Our BIA course covers 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. 

    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.

    #EDAOnline 

  • September 27, 2016 9:00 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    This is a reminder that this Friday is EDA's next Marketing Master's Webinar: 

    Why Gold Collar Workers Are Your Community's Key to Growth 
    And what you can do to attract and retain them:

    Friday, September 30, 2016
    12:00 - 1:30 pm MST
    Online
    Register here *Please note all fees are in USD 

    In this webinar you will learn the concepts behind creating an entrepreneurial ecosystem of diverse, individual, self-sustaining primary income generators that sell their product or service outside the region.  

    Outcomes:

    • Change the local mindset to embrace a new approach.
    • Know the unspoken truths about economic development.
    • Create and grow an entrepreneurial ecosystem.
    • Focus on results, not just activity.
    • Find your niche in a crowded marketplace.

    Gather your team and join us! 

  • September 26, 2016 4:30 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Do you have unique ideas and creative insights that an audience of over 400 local, national and international experts in the field of economic development might be interested in? 

    Each year, we look for speakers to address a variety of topics related to current economic development issues during our Annual Conference. If you have a relevant and distinctive topic that you would like to present then we would like to hear from you. We also have a few suggestions of topics that we feel our audience might be interested in and we invite you to submit a proposal that addresses these topics as well:

    • Speakers from outside Alberta to address the value of Petrochem; Agri Foods; Forestry 
    • Agribusiness
    • Smart Cities
    • Green/Circular Economy
    • Celebrating First Nation's economy 

    Please read the Call for Conference Papers guidelines here. The deadline for submissions is November 15, 2016.

    EDA's Annual Conference is being held at the Banff Centre March 22-24, 2017. The theme is "Embracing Change; Creating Opportunity." Registration is open.

    See you at the Conference. 

    #EDA2017 

  • September 26, 2016 1:30 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    This note is a reminder that the EDA rate at the Matrix Hotel expires at Midnight Tonight, Monday September 26. Book your accommodation now.  

    2016 EDA Ministry Dinner
    Thursday October 27, 2015
    Matrix Hotel, Prism Room and Amber Room
    10640-100 Avenue, Edmonton

    Book your accommodation here

    Cocktails: 5:00 - 6:00 pm

    Dinner: 6:00 - 9:00 pm

    The 2016 Ministry Dinner is shaping up to be a huge success and we look forward to seeing you there. 

    Miller Thomson and the Olds Institute are partners of the 2016 Ministry Dinner.


               

  • September 26, 2016 12:30 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    EDA has been offering courses for Elected Officials across the province this fall, and there are two remaining. Register today:  

    Manning, AB County of Northern Lights Office
    Wednesday, October 12
    9:00am - 4:00pm
    Register here


    St. Paul
    Friday, October 21
    9:00am - 4:00pm
    Register here 

    EDA is also offering you the opportunity to book a course in your community. Simply email admin@edaalberta.ca and we can give you the details on how to arrange for this course.

    Our Course for Elected Officials is a unique professional development opportunity. It equips these community leaders with the tools to support economic development professionals. In this course, you will learn how business attraction works; how business retention works; and you'll also learn the steps economic development officers take to help to revitalize economies. In today's economy, economic development is more important than ever before.

    Don't miss these chances to learn how to best support the EDOs in your communities!

  • September 23, 2016 4:00 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    It was our privilege to assist the Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo (RMWB) in its first stage of economic recovery after forest fires devastated the region in May.  

    EDA and the RMWB established the Wood Buffalo Business Recovery Hotline to help its business community recover after the costliest natural disaster in Canadian history. The Hotline was designed to register small businesses, gather information about their immediate needs and provide access to various resources, including providing emergency financial relief on behalf of the Canadian Red Cross.

    We are proud to report the Hotline reached its goal, providing 3,496 small businesses with $1000 in emergency financial aid. This support was critical in getting businesses in the region back on their feet as quickly as possible.

    As we now step aside to let the RMWB embark on a new phase of support for businesses, we wish them all the best as they continue to roll-out other elements of their business and economic recovery plan.

    To read more about EDA's role in the Wood Buffalo Business Recovery Hotline visit our website at www.edaalberta.ca

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