Community Economic Development Training Program (CEDTP) 

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

    • February 10, 2023
    • 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
    • Fort Macleod Course Location TBD

    Elected officials require solid leadership skills to set the vision for economic development in a clearly defined path. Each community, organization, or volunteer approaches community economic development differently. Council members are the leaders of this process, setting the direction for Economic Development to occur.

    This course will provide elected officials with the foundational knowledge and skills needed to set a clearly defined path for prosperity and gain the necessary support from your community.

    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

    Host: AlbertaSW - Bev Thornton

    Trainer: Natalie Gibson


    • February 14, 2023
    • March 20, 2023
    • Online through the University of Calgary

    Business Retention and Expansion

    Register Here 

    Business retention and expansion (BR&E) is a primary economic development strategy. BR&E supports and fosters the development and growth of the business community.

    The result of a strong BR&E strategy is a healthy and thriving business community which in turn provides a long term sustainable community foundation. Long-term BR&E programs are a means of connecting businesses with resources and opportunities that will improve their competitive position, market networks and ultimately their profitability.



    If you wish to have credits applied to Continuing Education’s Professional Management Certificate – Economic Developers, you will need to contact our office at 403-220-2866 .

    Credits for the Community Economic Development courses equals 2/3 of the instruction hours to a maximum of 30 hours, i.e. for a 15 hour course you will receive 10 hours credit.

    Instructor: Natalie Gibson 


    • February 28, 2023
    • 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
    • Virtual

    Elected officials require solid leadership skills to set the vision for economic development in a clearly defined path. Each community, organization, or volunteer approaches community economic development differently. Council members are the leaders of this process, setting the direction for Economic Development to occur.

    This course will provide elected officials with the foundational knowledge and skills needed to set a clearly defined path for prosperity and gain the necessary support from your community.

    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

    Host: Town of Two Hills - Ava Clark

    Trainer: Natalie Gibson


    • March 07, 2023
    • April 10, 2023
    • Online through the University of Calgary

    Business and Investment Attraction

    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: https://conted.ucalgary.ca/search/publicCourseSearchDetails.do?method=load&courseId=15410870

    Instructor: Natalie Gibson

    • April 25, 2023
    • May 29, 2023
    • Online through the University of Calgary

    Economic Development Establishing the Foundation

    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.

    Course Details

    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: https://conted.ucalgary.ca/search/publicCourseSearchDetails.do?method=load&courseId=12618114

    Instructor: Holly Sorgen

    • July 18, 2023
    • August 21, 2023
    • Online through the University of Calgary

    Business Retention and Expansion

    Business retention and expansion (BR&E) is a primary economic development strategy. BR&E supports and fosters the development and growth of the business community. The result of a strong BR&E strategy is a healthy and thriving business community which in turn provides a long term sustainable community foundation. Long-term BR&E programs are a means of connecting businesses with resources and opportunities that will improve their competitive position, market networks and ultimately their profitability.

    If you wish to have credits applied to Continuing Education’s Professional Management Certificate – Economic Developers, you will need to contact our office at 403-220-2866 . Credits for the Community Economic Development courses equals 2/3 of the instruction hours to a maximum of 30 hours, i.e. for a 15 hour course you will receive 10 hours credit.

    Instructor: Natalie Gibson 

    To register: https://conted.ucalgary.ca/search/publicCourseSearchDetails.do?method=load&courseId=15264259

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

    Business and Investment Attraction

    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: https://conted.ucalgary.ca/search/publicCourseSearchDetails.do?method=load&courseId=15410870

    Instructor: Natalie Gibson

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

    Economic Development Establishing the Foundation

    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.

    Course Details

    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: https://conted.ucalgary.ca/search/publicCourseSearchDetails.do?method=load&courseId=12618114

    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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