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  • January 31, 2020 2:26 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Business Retention and Expansion Course

    *NEW date 

    February 18 - March 23

    Online through the University of Calgary

    Learn this essential economic development strategy with the convenience of online learning. 

    This course earns you credits toward your EcD designation as well as the Management Certificate U of C.

    BRE Registration
  • January 30, 2020 4:21 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    EDA Awards of Excellence 

    Community Award Submission Summary


    EDA is making it easy for you to submit your entry for the Community Awards of Excellence.

    We have created a document that lists all the information you need to supply giving you the opportunity to prepare you submission ahead of time making the online application process more efficient.C

    Community Award Information 

    \Don't forget, the deadline to submit your entry is Monday, February 24 at 4:30 pm.

     Submit your entry for the Annual Awards Excellence 

    This year we have made improvements to our program giving you an even better way to celebrate your accomplishments and to share your best practices.

    Our most notable changes:

    1. There is just one Alex Metcalfe Award; a "Best in Show" of all of the Community Award Winners. 

    2. Be prepared to pitch! The awards committee will randomly choose 10 entries for a 5 minute presentation in front of your colleagues at the EDA Annual Conference in April. (You will be notified ahead of time and given the opportunity to rehearse)

    3. People's Choice Award. With your entry please provide a digital representation of your initiative to be showcased on story boards at the Conference venue; your peers will have a chance to vote on it.

    Good luck!  Lets celebrate your hard work. 

    Read about the 2020 Annual Conference and register here 


  • January 24, 2020 2:16 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    EDA Awards of Excellence 

    Deadline in One Month

    This is a reminder that in one month, Monday February 24 is the deadline to submit your entry for our Annual Awards of Excellence. 

    This year we have made improvements to our program giving you an even better way to celebrate your accomplishments and to share your best practices.

    Submit your entry for the Annual Awards of Excellence

    Our most notable changes:

    1. There is just one Alex Metcalfe Award; a "Best in Show" of all of the Community Award Winners. 

    2. Be prepared to pitch! The awards committee will randomly choose 10 entries for a 5 minute presentation in front of your colleagues at the EDA Annual Conference in April. (You will be notified ahead of time and given the opportunity to rehearse)

    3. People's Choice Award. With your entry please provide a digital representation of your initiative to be showcased on story boards at the Conference venue; your peers will have a chance to vote on it.

    Good luck!  Let's celebrate your hard work.

  • September 18, 2018 3:30 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

      

    A Message from Economic Developers Alberta 

      

    EDA and CANDO (Council for the Advancement of Native Development Officers) invite you to attend a reception they are hosting as part of CANDO's Annual Convention and AGM. 

    The reception is being held on Thursday, October 25 from 3-4 pm at the River Cree Resort, Enoch AB. The event is free and there is no need to RSVP but if you have any questions please contact 1.800.463.9300.

    This event is immediately before EDA's 2018 Ministry Dinner held Thursday, October 25 beginning at 5:00 pm at the Coast Edmonton Plaza Hotel. 

    It is a 25 minute drive from the River Cree Resort to the Coast Edmonton Plaza Hotel.

    Click here to see the map and get directions.

    Don't forget to register for the Ministry Dinner as it sells out every year.




  • September 14, 2018 10:11 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    EDA Event Calendar 

    EDA 2019 Annual Conference

    Held at The Banff Centre in Banff, Alberta 

    April 3 - 5, 2019

    Read about the Conference and register today.

    #EDA2019


    Economic Development Establishing the Foundation

    October 23 - November 26, 2018 

    Online through the University of Calgary

    Register here

    Points can be applied to your professional certification.

    Complete schedule of online courses here.

    #EDAOnline


    Economic Resilience Training for Community and Regional Leaders

    Wednesday, October 24  in Hinton, AB

    Hosted by: Community Futures West Yellowhead

    Read about the Economic Resilience Training Program

    book our award winning course  today: admin@edaalberta.ca


    2018 EDA Ministry Dinner 

    Thursday October 25 - Coast Edmonton Hotel, Edmonton AB

    Tickets are selling quickly. Don't miss out on networking with economic development professionals as well as key government officials such as Minister Deron Bilous, Economic Development and Trade and Minister Shaye Anderson, Alberta Municipal Affairs. Read the other key officials who have RSVP'd so far.

    This dinner sells out each year.

    Register here 

    Read about EDA's 2017 Ministry Dinner

    Become a sponsor of this prestegious event. Only one sponsorship opportunity left! 

    E-mail: admin@edaalberta.ca


    IEDC's Economic Development  Marketing and Attraction Course

    October 11 -12

    Calgary Marriott Downtown Hotel, Calgary AB

    Read about the course and register here.




    Economic Development for Elected Officials

    To book this course in your community contact: admin@edaalberta.ca

    Read why this course is an essential tool for these community leaders.




    AUMA Annual Convention

    September 26 – 28 Westerner Park, Red Deer AB

    EDA CEO Leann Hackman-Carty and EDA board member Martin Ebel will be welcoming you to our booth #63. 

    For more information and to register go to www.auma.ca.

  • September 07, 2018 12:30 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

      

    EDA Professional Development 

    Business and Investment Attraction

    Dear Nancy Toombs,

    This is a reminder that EDA members get a 50% rebate on our online course beginning Tuesday: 

    Business and Investment Attraction

    September 11 - October 15

    Online through the University of Calgary

    Register here

    This course delivers information about a key economic development strategy essential to your practice. The flexibility of online learning means you can take this course at your own pace making this a convenient way to work toward your certification.

    Register today because space is limited.


    2018 Calendar of CEDTP Courses


    These courses are eligible for credits towards the Management Certificate-Economic Developers offered through the University of Calgary in conjunction with EDA. They can also be applied to your Ec.D designation. 


    Read about the value of Professional Certification 




  • September 06, 2018 10:08 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

      

    EDA Media Release

    For Immediate Release

    Economic Developers Alberta (EDA) Receives National Award for its Economic Recovery and Resiliency Program

    SDG Leadership Awards Presented to Organizations Committed to Advancing Sustainable Development Goals


    Toronto, ON (September 6, 2018)   Economic Developers Alberta (EDA) has received an SDG Leadership Award for its Economic Recovery and Resiliency Program

    The Global Compact Network Canada (GCNC), the Canadian network of the UN Global Compact, organizes the award. These awards recognize Canadian organizations that are helping to advance the 17 Sustainable Development Goals in Canada and inspiring others to take action.

    “We are proud to be recognized for our contribution to advancing the SDG’s in Canada with our Economic Recovery and Resiliency Program,” said Leann Hackman-Carty EDA CEO. “The information and training in our program helps to build the capacity to respond to and recover from economic disruptions. I feel our work also inspires Canadian communities to embrace important resiliency practices.”

    EDA’s strategic partner, the International Economic Development Council (IEDC) has helped to accelerate and expand EDA’s work in this area. 

    “Congratulations to EDA for being recognized nationally for your Economic Recovery and Resiliency program,” said Jeff Finkle, IEDC President. “Over the past few years we have been pleased to partner with EDA in order to become a one-stop shop for disaster preparedness and post-disaster economic recovery by providing important economic resilience resources, tools, and training to our members. These economic developers are dedicated to creating, retaining and expanding jobs in their communities.”  

    Since its inception in 2015, the GCNC has played an important role in bringing the business case of the SDGs to Canadian businesses, and advocating their adoption and implementation. 

    "The SDG Leadership Awards are Canada’s celebration of the SDGs and an inspiration for business leadership. Today we will celebrate and recognize organizations and businesses who are doing great work to help advance the SDGs and inspiring others to take action to create the future we want," said Helle Bank Jorgensen, President Emeritus, Global Compact Network Canada.

    Read EDA's entry here

    About Economic Developers Alberta (EDA)

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    For more information or to arrange an interview contact:

    Leann Hackman-Carty EDA CEO

    Mobile: 403-807-7746

    leann@edaalberta.ca

  • August 20, 2018 10:05 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    EDA Resources

    Invest in Alberta Magazine:  EDA's Official Publication

    If you want to get your community's brand in front of an international audience of 13-thousand then get involved in Invest in Alberta Magazine. This is an essential guide to investment and business opportunities across all regions of Alberta.

    Read more here.

    Contact Anita McGillis: amcgillis@redpointmedia.ca to get involved.

    The magazine is in website format:  www.investalbertamag.ca

    Share this link with your colleagues around the world. 

    Elected Officials Course

    Elected officials have a critical role to play in the economic, political and social well being of the their communities. We give elected officials a unique opportunity by offering the

     Elected Officials Course.  

    Help these leaders in your community to understand their role and how best to support economic development work in your community. 

    Organize this one-day course by contacting:

     admin@edaalberta.ca


    Investment Readiness Toolkit

    You have a demanding and complex job in this global economy. 

    The Investment Readiness Toolkit is an important instrument to help you meet the high expectations required to attract, retain and grow businesses. 

    Read more about the toolkit and download the document here. 

    Economic Recovery and Resiliency Program

    There were nearly 50 natural disasters in Canada from 2015-2018. Communities are vulnerable. The current wildfires raging in BC are proof. EDA can help you to prepare for economic disruption after a disaster and provide you with strategies to ensure your community is prepared.

    We provide our members with the most up to date resources and best practice information on how to prepare for, respond to, and recover their businesses and economies.

    Discover the information available to you to prepare your community in the event of a disaster. 

    You can help our Economic Recovery and Resiliency Program win a National Award. Cast your vote for us for the SDG Leadership Award 2018! The deadline to vote is today at 3:00 pm MST 

    Economic Development Matters

    How important is economic development to a community? 

    EDA has the answer. 

    We have joined economic development organizations from across the country to create a website and to produce a short video that demonstrates the impact of economic development. 

    Feel free to download the video for your own use when you're explaining your role and its significance.  

    It can be found at: www.economicdevelopmentmatters.com

    Economic Development Online

    Looking for a library of best practices, tools, and professional development opportunities? 

    Economic Development Online is designed to support economic development professionals, community leaders and volunteers. The majority of the website is restricted to subscribers and user credentials have been established for all current EDA members for free.

    Read more about this important resource and subscribe here.

    AlbertaBusinessCounts Program

    This customer relations management software provides a consistent province-wide method for gathering data needed to identify and analyze business needs at the local, regional and provincial level. 

    Read about AlbertaBusinessCounts and join the many EDA member communities who have signed up. 



  • June 14, 2018 10:09 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    EDA Event Calendar 

    Business Retention and Expansion

    July 24 - August 27

    Online through the University of calgary

    Read about the course and register here

    See the 2018 course schedule


    AlbertaBusinessCounts Free Training Webinar Series

    Thursday, June 21- register

    Thursday, August 16- register

    Read about AlbertaBusinessCounts

    EDA's Course for Elected Officials 

    To book this course in your community email:

     admin@edaalberta.ca

    Read why this course is an  essential tool for these community leaders.

    We would like to take a moment and remember this is the 5th Anniversary of the 2013 flood that swept through Southern Alberta. 

    EDA's response to that disaster was the creation of our Economic Disaster Recovery Program. 

    Read about our Economic Resilience Training for Community and Regional Leaders which began in 2017. 

    EDA has an MOU with IEDC to deliver their Economic Resilience and Recovery training in Canada

    Watch this YouTube video on why this type of training is essential to your community's economic health.

    Book a course in your community: admin@edaalberta.ca

    Economic Resilience Training for Community and Regional Leaders

    Wednesday, October 24

    Hinton, AB

    Hosted by: Community Futures West Yellowhead

    book your course today: admin@edaalberta.ca

    Economic Development  Marketing and Attraction Course

    October 11 -12

    Calgary Marriott Downtown Hotel, Calgary AB

    Read about the course and register here


    2018 EDA Ministry Dinner

    Thursday, October 25

    Coast Edmonton Hotel, Edmonton AB

    Register here

    Read about EDA's 2017 Ministry Dinner  

     


  • June 11, 2018 10:10 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Be Part of a Winning Team! 

    Vote for EDA and We Could Win the 2018 SDG Leadership Award 

    Economic Developers Alberta is eligible for a national award and you can help us to win it!

    Called the SDG Leadership Award, it recognizes organizations taking a leadership role in driving action toward the United Nation's Sustainable Development Goals in Canada.

    The awards are organized by the Global Compact Network Canada (GCNC) the Canadian chapter of the UN Global Compact, which promotes a voluntary corporate strategic policy initiative for businesses that are committed to aligning their operations and strategies with 10 universally accepted principals in the areas of human rights, labour, environment and anti-corruption. 

    Economic Developers Alberta, has submitted it's economic disaster recovery and resilience program as it aligns with the advancement of the Sustainable Development Goals. We are the very first entry for this award! 

    You can help us to win this award by voting for us. 

    Please click on this link to read our entry; scroll to the bottom of the page where you can vote.

    By participating in these awards we hope to inspire other organizations to embed the SDG in their practices and help to create a more sustainable future.

    Thank you for your support

    -The EDA Team

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