Upcoming Events

Introduction to Economic Development

An ideal two-day introduction to all aspects of economic development; and how economic development can be more successful in combating worklessness, boosting growth, building the skills base and developing entrepreneurship.

26 - 27 May 2015, Glasgow

Scotland's Economy Sessions

Launching with a focus on Scotland’s refreshed Economic Strategy EDAS is running regular ’sociable debates', bringing together the economic development community across all sectors Scotland-wide. The first of these features Scotland’s Chief Economic Adviser, Gary Gillespie and Scottish Government Director for Business, John Mason, in conversation on, Scotland’s Economic Strategy.

Friday 29 May 2015, Edinburgh (other locations to be announced)

Innovation and Prosperity in Scotland Conference - in collaboration with Nesta

What can we learn from around the world about how to make innovation flourish? Join Nesta and EDAS for a day conference looking at the future of innovation in Scotland, hearing from John Swinney MSP, Stian Westlake of Nesta and more.

23 June 2015, at Dynamic Earth in Edinburgh

EDAS Refresher Course

In a fast changing landscape, this is a knowledge update for people with a good basis in local economic development. Addresses 4 key topics: challenges facing Scotland's economy and future scenarios; emerging economic policy in Scotland and the UK; Scotland's businesses and sectors; and Scotland's people.  

Date and location to be confirmed

Who's Who Directory

EDAS Directory (Online Edition)

The EDAS Directory online edition is available please sign in to the members' area to access.

Consultants Directory

Economic Development Consultants Directory

To complement the EDAS Directory we are pleased to support the Economic Development Consultants Directory, EDCD.co.uk

This is a free and independent directory of consultants working within economic development. Areas of work include regeneration, skills and planning. There is no cost to add your details to EDCD however EDAS members are entitled to an enhanced listing at no extra cost. Visit EDCD to find out more.


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Economic Development Association Scotland

EDAS Presentation at ConferenceThe 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
EDAS Chairperson