• International Economic Development Week

2021 International Economic Development Week 

We all know that economic development is critical.  It is the foundational work that helps to create jobs, support businesses, and improve the quality of life in communities large and small. These days everyone is talking about the importance of economic development because we are all feeling the impact the pandemic is having on the Alberta economy, and we recognize how this practice is bolstering municipalities, helping them recover.

This year is an election year in municipalities across Alberta. It is also a great reason to encourage municipalities, large and small, to formally recognize and celebrate May 9-15, 2021 as "Economic Development Week" in their community.

About the Week      Economic Development Week Resources 

          Alberta Community Challenge

          This year, AUMA and RMA are joining EDA to help amplify economic development efforts in our province by inviting you to take part in the 2021 Community Challenge by having your community officially proclaim May 9 to 15 as International Economic Development Week.

          It’s easy; here’s how:

          • Customize the sample resolution
          • Have your Council/Mayor officially proclaim the week in your community and sign the resolution
          • Share the proclamation with local media, and on your social media pages. Don’t forget to tag us  @edaalberta.
          • Email admin@edaalberta.ca and it will be added to the EDA website.

          Our Goal: To have at least 25 Alberta communities, large and small, proclaim May 9 – 15, 2021 International Economic Development Week.

          Your involvement in the 2021 Community Challenge gives you a voice. It lets your community know you value the contribution of economic development, and helps you strengthen support for the work your economic development staff does throughout the year.

           Alberta communities that have proclaimed or recognized International Economic Development Week !

          Economic Development Week Events

          We are also releasing a new video each day of the week. So watch for:

          • May 9- Jeff Finkle, President & CEO, IEDC- History of International Economic Development Week
          • May 10- Trevor Lewington, President, EDA- Importance of celebrating and recognizing economic development efforts in your community
          • May 11- Brett Doney, IEDC Instructor, Ethics Course- Why ethics are important in our profession.
          • May 12- Natalie Gibson, CEDTP Trainer- The need for specialized professional development courses in our field.
          • May 13- Ben Young, EDO- The importance of recognizing the work of an EDO.
          • May 14- What is Economic Development? 
          • May 15- EDA Xperience 2021- an invitation to join leaders from across the province.

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