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Course Background 

In order to make our training accessible, we offer our courses in an online format as well as in-person. These courses can be applied to your Ec.D. designation, and are eligible for credit towards the Management Certificate-Economic Developers offered through the University of Calgary in conjunction with EDA.  

Read about CEDTP here

Read what CEDTP participants have to say.

We currently offer our online courses via the following platforms:

To Register for an upcoming online course, click on the course of your choice below and follow the registration process.

Upcoming Courses

    • October 03, 2023
    • November 06, 2023
    • Online through the University of Calgary

    Learn key concepts related to business and investment attraction in economic development. Cover 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. Learn how to develop business investment strategies that will benefit your community.   

    Upon successful completion of this course, you will be able to:

    • Recognize the different types of new investment versus investment attraction
    • Examine criteria to evaluate if your community is in fact ‘investment ready’
    • Describe components that may be included in an Investment Attraction Strategy
    • Identify methods to recognize the target industries that may be attracted to your community
    • Explore investment attraction tools and resources
    • Classify the different types of site selectors and what their search criteria may be
    • Recognize the four basic stages of site selection
    • Review types of Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) and support resources
    • Compare methods of measuring your BI&A program or activities success

    Online registration

    Instructor: Natalie Gibson

    • October 06, 2023
    • 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
    • Okotoks - 5 Elizabeth St

    The Town of Okotoks is hosting this Economic Development for Elected Officials Course.

    If you would like to host an in-person course your community please email:

    Each community, organization, or volunteer approaches community economic development differently. Elected officials are the leaders of this process, setting the direction for Economic Development to occur.

    This course provides the foundational knowledge and skills needed to set a clearly defined path for prosperity and gain the necessary support from communities.

    By completion of this course, successful students will be able to:

    • Define Economic Development
    • Discuss how elected officials fit into these functions: Governance vs. Operations
    • Explore how Council members can best serve their community as Economic Development leaders
    • Examine the principles and theories of economic development
    • Distinguish between the concepts of community economic development (CED) and traditional economic development
    • Describe the elements of a community strategic plan and how it links to an economic development strategic plan

    Trainer: Natalie Gibson

    Host Community: Town of Okotoks

    • November 07, 2023
    • December 11, 2023
    • Online through the University of Calgary

    This course is the first in a series that will provide you with the knowledge and skills to become proficient at economic development. The function of economic development (ED) is often complex, and understanding your role in the process will be key both to the success of your career, and to the overall success of your economic development activities.

    This course is the 30,000-foot view of the process of economic development. It provides the theory and fundamentals of ED along with examples of how it can be applied. There is no one way to do ED. Each community, organization or volunteer group will do ED differently.

    The primary goals of this course are to:

    • Identify what economic development is;
    • Determine how you fit into the function;
    • Examine how you can best serve your community as an economic development professional; and
    • Identify the tools and resources that can help economic developers meet local development challenges.

    To register:

    Instructor: Holly Sorgen

Economic practitioners appreciate EDA's online or e-learning courses. E-learning has many benefits; students can self-pace assignments to suit their schedules, learning styles and complete course work from anywhere and at anytime. The assignments are paced in a way that is manageable for the students; and interaction through-out the four weeks creates an online community similar to a classroom experience. The students are welcomed into the course and encouraged to interact with each other through the discussion board, or in the live group session called Elluminate; both are excellent ways to share ideas and ask questions.  

-Natalie Gibson, CEDTP trainer. 

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