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SEDA developed the foundational program Introduction to Community Economic Development Program in 1996. We refine the four module program on a biannual basis to keep current with the ever-changing nature of local and regional communities.

The program is available via our online learning portal. Classroom based training is delivered on request for sponsoring communities or organizations.

Online Registration Fees $125 per module for SEDA Members. $225 per module non-Members

Register for online learning HERE.


Module 1: Establishing a Foundation 

  • Lesson 1 – Evolution of Community & Economic Development
  • Lesson 2 – Roles of Leadership and Government
  • Lesson 3 – Community Economic Development Organizations
  • Lesson 4 – Development Staff

Module 2: The Professional 

  • Lesson 1 – Professionalism
  • Lesson 2 – Cultural Competencies
  • Lesson 3 – Leadership Competencies
  • Lesson 4 – Technical Competencies
  • Lesson 5 – Communication Competencies

Module 3: The Planning Continuum 

  • Lesson 1 – Planning to Plan
  • Lesson 2 – Getting the Background Information
  • Lesson 3 – The Economic Development Plan
  • Lesson 4 – Citizen Engagement and Consultation
  • Lesson 5 – The Marketing Plan
  • Lesson 6 – Project Planning

Module 4: Economic Development Strategies 

  • Lesson 1 – Investment Attraction
  • Lesson 2 – Business Retention and Expansion
  • Lesson 3 – Entrepreneurship and Industry
  • Lesson 4 – Rural Development and Regionalism
  • Lesson 5 – Workforce Development and Best Practices in Indigenous Economic Develop

What past program participants have said:

“I have received many useful tools in understanding proper behavior and protocol to use in an economic development position.”

“This is excellent for new community economic development officers…the manual material will be very useful.”

“The presenters were excellent.”

Feel free to contact the SEDA office at 306-384-5817 for more information on classroom or online learning.

SEDA is also able to deliver professional development locally and regionally. Please contact the SEDA office at to discuss how you can bring our programs to your area.

professional community and economic developer

Introduction to Community and Economic Development is accredited to the Professional Community and Economic Developer of Saskatchewan certification as well as the national certification designation offered by the Economic Developers Association of Canada (EDAC).