• Community Economic Development Training Program (CEDTP)

Community Economic Development Training Program (CEDTP)

Economic development is an intensely competitive field. EDA helps your competitive advantage by offering a variety of courses designed to deliver information on the best practices and established tools you can use to help your region thrive. The CEDTP course series has been designed to:

  • Broaden and deepen the awareness and knowledge of economic development.
  • Provide knowledge, tools, resources, and support systems for those practicing economic development.
  • Define the function and applications of economic development, as well as direct links to sustainable and balanced growth.
  • Deliver educational opportunities to those interested in certification and professional development in the field of economic development.
  • Provide skill development for those practicing economic development


The following courses are available both in person and online.

  1. Economic Development – Establishing the Foundation- Learn the principles, theories, and fundamentals of economic development that form the basic foundation of every community. 
  2. Business Retention and Expansion - Helps you build and retain a strong business community. 
  3. Business and Investment Attraction - Learn how business and investment attraction advances your economic development strategy. 
  4. Economic Development for Elected Officials- Designed specifically for elected officials! More information here.
  5. Economic Disaster Resilience & Recovery- Designed to help prepare local elected officials, community leaders and economic developers to support economic development, disaster resilience and economic recovery activities in their community. 

EDA Members also have access to our FDI manual. Click here for more information.

Here's what participants had to say about EDA courses: 

"This course was very timely and long overdue for our community. A great tool for building on."

"The instructor, Natalie Gibson was excellent! There are some unique differences between each of our municipalities, but a lot is also the same.  Working together, regionalization, and collaboration across the country is the answer." 

 Among the participants: elected officials, economic development practitioners, and Community Futures representatives. 

For more information, or to book a training session, contact us at admin@edaalberta.ca or phone us at 1.866.671.8182

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