Economic Developers Alberta (EDA) is Alberta’s only professional organization for economic developers.
The organization is dedicated to advancing the economic development profession in the province by providing an active network of professional development, information and networking opportunities.
EDA is a not-for-profit organization governed by a volunteer board of directors, who represent the interests of its membership as a whole. Successful economic development requires the coordinated, collaborative effort of many individuals and organizations. Accessing a wide network of professionals is essential if you want to succeed in the field of economic development.
What We Do
Our organization supports community economic development through professional development opportunities, and programs including sharing best practices, providing access to courses and seminars, distributing timely information, and hosting world class events such as our EDA Xperience Leaders' Summit and Conference and Annual Ministry Dinner.
Our extensive partnerships with local, national, and international organizations provide us with access to a vast array of professional resources and connections, enabling us to offer our members a broad network of opportunities and support.
EDA was established officially on February 15, 1974.
EDA’s broad and varied membership base includes: municipalities; towns; regions; tourism groups; financial institutions; Crown Corporations; businesses; Regional Economic Development Authorities; Community Futures Development Corporations; federal, provincial, regional and municipal government agencies; students; NGO’s; and other groups and individuals that are either involved or interested in economic development.
Our Vision is that "economic developers provide valued expertise that is integral to fostering an economically prosperous, diverse, sustainable Alberta".
Our Mission is to provide leadership to advance economic development as a profession; enhance the professional development of its members; and support Alberta communities in fostering sustainable community economic prosperity.
Our Strategic Priorities: