Economic Development Association Scotland
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 current work is focused on developing the EDAS Route Map for Common Ambition – an evolving 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 is being developed and informed by EDAS members from private, public and third sectors, reflecting the diversity and complexity of the economic development agenda. EDAS is committed to innovative and dynamic solutions to economic development challenges, irrespective of the fast-changing post-referendum landscape.
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
- Online directory of who’s who in economic development
- Regular news and information bulletins
- Independent and informed policy initiatives
- National and international collaborations
With over 3000 members and a positive approach to collaborative working, we encourage your involvement and welcome your input.
Robert Crawford, CBE