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EDANL bringing nationally recognized economic development training to Newfoundland and Labrador

EDANL has arranged for the delivery of nationally recognized economic development training from the University of Waterloo, to take place in St. John’s, NL June 17-21, 2019. Interested members are asked to indicate their interest in taking this course by emailing kieran@neia.org. EDANL is exploring opportunities to reduce course costs for participants – stay tuned.

About the Training

The Fundamentals of Community Economic Development: Year 1 course, delivered by the University of Waterloo in partnership with the Economic Developers Association of Canada (EDAC) helps economic development professionals learn the basics of the field – from what a practitioner really does, to measuring success.

Generalists will learn strategies for handling the many and diverse tasks they’re expected to do. Specialists will learn about the spectrum of economic development activities and become more insightful team members. Professionals of all types and experience levels will appreciate the peer-learning and networking opportunities. Participants are eager to share their successes, challenges, and lessons. On a personal level, spending a week learning, eating, and relaxing together builds a bond that leaves each cohort looking forward to reuniting at conferences and other industry events. The establishment of a more connected network of economic development professionals across Newfoundland and Labrador will ensure that the lessons learned and ideas generated during the week of training will last long after the course concludes.

‘Year 1’ focuses on the core activities of economic developers: community marketing, economic base analysis, economic planning, investment readiness, and labour development, among other topics. One day is dedicated to group field work projects based around a business development challenge. Course participants will learn from addressing the challenges of local municipalities and organizations in the province and vice versa. Usual topics in ‘Year 1’ include:

EDANL is working with its partners to tailor and expand on course content to meet the priorities and needs of the economy in Newfoundland and Labrador. ‘Year 1’ is the first of two courses that ultimately lead to a Certificate in Economic Development from the University of Waterloo. To learn more about the course and the certificate, click here.



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