Edmonton Economic Development Corporation (EEDC) is wholly owned by the City of Edmonton, governed by an independent Board of Directors and managed by an entrepreneurial team that clearly understands that our customers are Edmonton's current/future business leaders and investors.
EEDC was established as an independent corporate entity by the City in 1993 and is responsible for providing leadership to the economic growth strategy for Edmonton and the Capital Region, with specific accountability for:
- Supporting industry growth and diversification
- Stimulating entrepreneurism and innovation
- Marketing the city image in target markets
- Managing the Shaw Conference Centre
- Boosting tourism, events and attractions
- Enriching the Edmonton Research Park
EEDC maintains responsibility for each of the above activities; however, it works in partnership with key stakeholders in the economic development system – specifically, the City of Edmonton, Edmonton International Airport, the post-secondary institutions, the Government of Alberta, regional economic development agencies, Port Alberta, Productivity Alberta, Northlands and the Chamber of Commerce – to generate prosperity for industry and heighten the standard of living for Edmontonians.
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To inspire a culture of entrepreneurship, innovation and competitiveness that forever differentiates our city.
To ensure Edmonton is recognized as one of the world’s leading mid-sized cities by 2030.
Priority 1: Support Current Industries
- Mitigate the potential that labour supply shortages will constrain Edmonton’s economic growth.
- Leverage industry and research strengths across to drive increase innovation and productivity.
- Focus on generating value within the local tourism marketplace and capitalizing upon existing opportunities.
- Build on historical industry strength to reinvigorate film production, drive sustained employment and increase external visibility for Edmonton.
Priority 2: Future Foundations
- Enable and leverage innovators and entrepreneurs, drive increased commercialization of technology, and support start-ups with profitable growth.
- Develop new assets upon which current industries can rely and future industries can start or grow.
- Focus on immigration as a key source of talent, innovation and vibrancy in the community.
- Continually reinforce Edmonton’s strengths, opportunities and position within the provincial and national government landscape.
Priority 3: Global Presence
- Pursue hosting events and leverage the national and global attention they generate as a great opportunity for increased profile and positive perception.
- Raise the awareness and profile of Greater Edmonton through consistent, unified messaging.
- Draw visitors through attraction activities (business, convention, and tourism) and influence expectations and quality of experience.
Priority 4: A Better Place to Live, Work and Visit
- Promote “green” opportunities as a baseline expectation and potentially as a competitive differentiator for tourism and conventions in Edmonton.
- Proactively focus on community “attachment” and leverage collaborations to improve Edmonton’s competitiveness for the retention and attraction of talented people as critical to current and potential residents, and recognize the qualities that the region enjoys.
- Continue to support the work of the Downtown Vibrancy Taskforce and its related sub-committees.
EEDC is committed to innovation in its social and environmental practices and plays a leadership role in initiatives such as FRESH, Homeless Connect Edmonton, and the Food Bank's Second Helping program. As an employer, EEDC actively supports the United Way with staff raising money year-round and has a corporate responsibility policy that provides time off for employees to volunteer at a charity of their choice. Staff generously donate time and money to support a multitude of worthwhile causes in our community, raising $46,000 in 2011 for the United Way of the Alberta Capital Region.