The Economic Development Association Scotland (EDAS) is the independent voice of economic development in Scotland.

EDAS is the country’s foremost membership driven association for all organisations and individuals with an interest in economic development.

We aim to facilitate a substantial improvement in the effectiveness of economic development activity in Scotland by helping to raise the knowledge, skills and networks of those involved in all aspects of economic development. Our activities include networking seminars on key economic development issues; independent, collaborative policy work; CPD training courses in economic development; and larger events and conferences.

EDAS is also committed to innovative and dynamic solutions to economic development challenges. Over 2015 and the beginning of 2016 our members developed the Route Map for Common Ambition for Scotland – a policy analysis framework designed to ensure key aspects of Scottish economic development are kept at the forefront of debate, analysis and comment. The Route Map promotes the twin goals of enhanced productivity and equity; with particular focus on three key policy areas: innovation, internationalisation and skills.

The strategy was developed and informed by EDAS members from the private, public and third sectors, reflecting the diversity and complexity of the economic development agenda. We now look forward to the dissemination of the final outputs and key messages from the Route Map, which will be presented for consideration at our events and activities throughout Scotland.

Combined with attractive membership incentives, we continue to evolve and develop our services and activities, which currently include:

  • Regular events and annual conference
  • Continuing professional development activities
  • Networking opportunities with people from a wide range of different geographies and organisations
  • Parliamentary briefing focused on economic development matters
  • Regular news and information bulletins
  • Independent and informed policy initiatives
  • National and international collaborations

With over 2,500 members and a positive approach to collaborative working, we encourage your involvement and welcome your input.