Our strategic partner, the International Economic Development Council (IEDC) has designated the week of May 9-15, 2021 Economic Development Week.
We invite you to take part in this North America-wide campaign that consists of activities designed to create awareness of the economic development programs in your communities that enhance your quality of life.
Check www.iedconline.org for an updated 2021 toolkit to help you get started on your campaign to increase exposure for the profession and the benefits of economic development.
View our video @ www.economicdevelopmentmatters.com.
Email us at email@example.com with your iconic development week initiative and we will post it on our website.
This course is the first in a series that will provide you with the knowledge and skills to become proficient at economic development. In choosing to educate yourself, you have chosen to improve the decisions that will have a significant effect on your community’s future. 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:
To register: https://conted.ucalgary.ca/search/publicCourseSearchDetails.do?method=load&courseId=12618114
Instructor: Holly Sorgen
EDA is proud to promote this free bi-weekly Mental Health Webinar Series (Tactics for Maintaining Mental Fitness During the COVID-19 Pandemic) that has been created in partnership with the Alberta Municipal Health and Safety Association (AMHSA), Alberta Urban Municipalities Association (AUMA), and Howatt HR. These weekly discussions will examine the key behaviours organizations and individuals can do to maintain Mental Fitness during the COVID-19 Pandemic.
Panelists include Dr.Bill Howatt and Jesse Adams of Howatt HR. Each webinar will be hosted bi-weekly at the same day and time and provide a 15-minute overview of a key micro-skill that you can do to support charging your mental health battery. After the 15-minute micro-skill review, there will be a 10-15 min Q and A for you to ask your own mental fitness questions.
To register: https://maintainingmentalfitness.com/
Episode 1 – May 11, 2021 – Moving away from loneliness starts from within (EDA sponsoring)
Episode 2 – May 25, 2021 – Tips for being less overwhelmed at work (Feeling overwhelmed is the new norm) (EDA sponsoring)
Episode 3 – Jun 8, 2021 – Tips for taming negative emotions
Episode 4 – Jun 22, 2021 – Relationship survival tips
Episode 5 – Jul 6, 2021 – Tips for dealing with emotional exhaustion
Episode 6 – Jul 20, 2021 – Benefits of monitoring positive and negative daily changes (EDA sponsoring)
Episode 7 – Aug 3, 2021 – Insulating for irritability (Tips for managing anger)
Episode 8 – Aug 17, 2021 – Halting self-doubt
Episode 9 – Aug 31, 2021 – Tips for unplugging from work (EDA sponsoring)
Episode 10 – Sept 14, 2021 – Tossing social rejection
Episode 11 – Sept 28, 2021 – Blending demands of home and work (EDA sponsoring)
Episode 12 – Oct 12, 2021 – Setting social media boundaries
It has been too long since we've gotten to connect with you at a course, conference, exam or volunteer event! Come stop by and visit with IEDC staff from our Professional Development & Certification, Programming, Disaster Recovery, Racism & Equity in Economic Development, and Public Policy teams. We're here to share our current work and happenings and answer any questions you may have. Open Houses will take place each day during Economic Development Week; register for all of them or just the ones that interest you most!
To register click here.
Are you interested in meeting some of your Ontario counterparts?
Then here's a great opportunity to do so.
Plan to attend this fun, informal networking event organized by the Economic Development Council of Ontario.
It's one way to beat the COVID-blues during Economic Development Week.
During Economic Development Week, our partner IEDC is running a series of free events. This is one of them.
JTo register click here.
In light of the global pandemic, the Milken Institute has expanded our convening ability to include a wide variety of virtual engagement opportunities. Our Virtual Forums gather our global community of thought leaders and issue-area experts to tackle a wide range of critical issues, many stemming from the impacts of COVID-19, such as vaccine development and distribution, loneliness and social isolation, remote learning, retirement security, and more. Each Virtual Forum is broadcast to a curated group of invited participants that are able to interact with the expert panel through moderated audience Q&A, while also being livestreamed to a global audience via the Milken Institute website and social media.
Covid-19 has accelerated the digital transformation of industries across the board, and economic development is no exception. Investment promotion and retention are now tied in a symbiotic relationship with innovation. How can EDOs leverage digital solutions and their tech ecosystems to take their communities beyond Covid-19? This fDi Masterclass will answer this and other questions by offering economic development professionals a chance to hear from industry’s thought leaders and learn from real-life success stories. This event is suited for professionals from government agencies and economic development organizations tasked with investment attraction and associated activities.
When is a free lunch not a free lunch?
As Economic Developers we hold the public trust and need to carry out our duties in a manner that is above reproach. So how do we promote an ethical culture in our organization? What are the key components of an ethics program? How do we develop a Code of Conduct?
What are some ethical issues that may arise in your economic development role?
This IEDC/EDA training session will:
• provide guidance on the importance of integrity in decision making;
• provide tools for making ethical decisions;
• discuss the 12 tenets of the IEDC Code of Ethics;
• use interactive case study examples to demonstrate ethical decision making in difficult situations; and
• describe the Policies and Procedures adopted by the Committee on Professional Conduct (CPC) for IEDC Code of Ethics enforcement
This workshop, while open to all conference attendees, is a recertification requirement for Certified Economic Developers (CEcDs). For more information on the CEcD certification, visit www.iedconline.org.
The registration deadline is Wednesday, May 12 at NOON MST
Facilitators: Chris King, EDA & Brett Doney, IEDC
Access to reliable, affordable broadband internet is essential for communities to thrive in the 21st century. Yet for a range of reasons, many places still struggle to get service to their residents and businesses. This webinar will feature three broadband experts to share context, tips and strategies for broadband deployment, and take your questions about the range of solutions communities are pursuing.
This webinar is offered by IEDC’s Economic Development Research Partners (EDRP) program. EDRP will release its latest research, “Getting Connected: How Economic Developers Are Expanding Broadband Access,” in early June.
Have you been curious about becoming more involved with IEDC, but are not sure if membership is the right step for you and your organization? With over 5,000 members, IEDC is the largest organization of its kind, with the goal of supporting economic development professionals. In this webinar, we will break down the three major benefits of IEDC membership:
Join us to hear from current IEDC members who will be discussing how these three major benefits have been fundamental in their organizations’ and their own personal success.
Entrepreneurs are risk-takers by nature and by necessity. Their unique skill sets will prove vital in a recovering and shifting global economy. But entrepreneurs can’t do it alone. It’s essential that communities support the needs of entrepreneurs by building strong and diverse entrepreneurial ecosystems.
In this webinar, experts will explore the benefits of ecosystem building, discuss how to best navigate challenges, and explain how communities can take steps to solidify their role in entrepreneurial support.
During Economic Development Week, our partner IEDC is running a series of free events. This is one of them. Join your colleagues for the EDW happy half hour to celebrate the end of a great week!
To register click here
Plan now to attend EDA Xperience 2021 (Alberta Economic Development Leader's Summit & Conference).
In 2021, we are combining our two signature events into one great Xperience with new ideas, format and networking opportunities at the forefront. Don't miss it.
Please note: The email used to register for the conference will be the email of record. That means important conference information such as the online conference log-in information will be sent to the email used to register. It is preferable that conference attendees use their OWN email to register for this event.
To register for this week: https://maintainingmentalfitness.com/
Economic Future Forum
June 7 - 8, 2021
Where: Spokane, virtually
The Future is Regionalism
The Economic Future Forum is a forward-looking conference that focuses on fostering regional innovation and economic transformation and equity in the new economy. The conference will explore industry trends and the partnerships and strategies needed to grow, diversify, and retain companies in established and emerging industries. The Future Forum will focus on problem solving and navigating in a post COVID-19 environment
Read more and register here.
Join us for one of our regular Ministry Meetups, where we will profile various provincial and/or federal Ministers/Ministries.
Each Meetup is designed to enable attendees to learn more about new and existing provincial and federal programs, as well as meet and interact with key ministry representatives.
Thank you AUMA for stepping up to be a Gold Sponsor for the 2020-21 Ministry Meetups & Dinner!
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
Plan to attend the upcoming IEDC Fall Conference.
Host Hotel: The Westin Nashville, 807 Clark Place, Nashville, TN 37203
Phone: (615) 248-2800
Plan now to attend the 2021 EDAC Conference in Montreal, QC.
For more information see https://edac.ca/.
The purpose of this dinner and speed-dating style event is to bring together EDA members and key federal and provincial Ministry representatives to network, share information and explore potential partnerships.
Cancellations before October 16 will be less $25 admin fee. No refunds after that.
For more information see www.rmaalberta.com
Trainer: Natalie Gibson
Are you thinking of coming to the conference early? Then think about coming to a pre-conference mixer to enjoy some drinks, tasty snacks and catching up with new and old friends!
Your ticket will include a some tasty snacks and a beverage (wine, beer or highball)
Plan now to attend the 2022 conference.
To book your room at the Kananaskis Mountain Lodge, click here to access EDA group booking rates.
Plan now to attend the 2023 conference.
Plan now to attend the 2024 conference.
Your Economic Development Network in Alberta
Toll Free Phone: 1.866.671.8182