Downtown districts are increasingly becoming geographic centres for innovation, creativity, and business growth. Edmonton is in the midst of a $5 billion transformation of active development and investment in downtown, made up of office towers, restaurants, hotels, retail spaces, arts and culture facilities and residences.

Royal Alberta Museum

A landmark cultural institution, the new RAM is doubling in space to be the largest museum in western Canada with more than 82,000 square feet of exhibition space to showcase Alberta’s natural history. It will be a focal point in the Edmonton arts district.

Macewan Centre for Arts and Culture

Offering more than 65 programs to tens of thousands of students, this new expansion project will host approximately 1,000 students and over 200 staff in theatre, fine art, design studies and music programs, and including three major performance venues.

Hyatt Place Hotel

Overlooking the River Valley, the new full-service Hyatt Place Hotel is a striking piece of architecture with 255 rooms and a commercial space.

What are you making? How can we help?

Civic engagement flourishes in Edmonton, thanks to a collaborative approach between people, businesses, institutions and government, that separates Edmonton from other cities.

Make Something
Edmonton

Make Something Edmonton is dedicated to showcasing and supporting the people whose combined efforts are shaping this city — the change-makers, artists, entrepreneurs and individuals whose work makes Edmonton unique.

Edmonton’s Next Gen

This civic-led group of young, passionate, community-minded individuals are taking the future into their own hands by creating a city that attracts and gives voice to the next generation of Edmontonians.

Open Lab

The City of Edmonton is creating an environment where employees and entrepreneurs can work together to use open data to create innovative solutions to municipal challenges through workshops, collision summits and meet ups.

Welcome to Edmonton, a restaurant entrepreneur’s dream.

From fine dining to food trucks, our city has a passion and a talent for wining and dining.

Chefs have access to superior local producers and growers surrounding Edmonton. From free range pork at Irvings Farm Fresh, exceptional Alberta beef at Capital City Packers and exotic meats at Wild Game Consultants to fresh produce straight from the Fraser Valley, Edmonton offers chefs the opportunity to prepare a truly remarkable menu.

Chef Daniel Costa’s interpretation of Italian cuisine rests heavily on the use of local and seasonal ingredients. His trio of downtown restaurants is consistently included in Canada’s most prestigious Best Restaurant lists.

Operating out of the trendy 124th Street area, Duchess Bake Shop uses only the highest quality and freshest ingredients possible. It also holds the honour as the only Canadian bakery on BuzzFeed’s list of the world’s best bakeries.

Some cities are finished. Others you can change.

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Community Activation & Vibrancy

Join the celebrations for Canada’s 150th anniversary

Edmonton Economic Development Corporation, in partnership with the City of Edmonton, is distributing free posters and decals for businesses to display throughout 2017.

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Community Activation & Vibrancy

Edmonton Made Increases Exposure of Local Businesses

In support of the 47,000 small and medium sized businesses that call Edmonton home, EEDC and the City of Edmonton launched the Edmonton Made program in September. Initiated through the Emerging Economies Initiative led by Edmonton City Councillor Michael Oshry, and developed by EEDC’s Community Activation team, this new program strives to enhance the exposure of local businesses.

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Case Studies

Canada’s Marijuana Industry is Coming

With the Government of Canada having put forward its framework for the legalization of recreational cannabis, cities across the country will be looking to capitalize on the marijuana economy and its associated jobs, investment, and tax revenue. Edmonton will be no different, and it’s about time we started thinking strategically about how to make our mark in this new industry.

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Case Studies

How Does this Recession Compare to the Last?

Despite recent drops in the price of oil to back below $50 per barrel, most analysts and forecasters are expecting that 2017 will be the year Alberta climbs out of recession. Indeed, several of the province’s economic indicators began to climb back towards pre-recession levels late last year – this doesn’t mean Alberta is back to where it was before oil prices started dropping in summer 2014, but things are no longer getting worse.

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Community Activation & Vibrancy

Edmonton Wins Global Place Branding Award

In November 2016, Make Something Edmonton (MSE) received the City Nation Place Award for Best Expression of Place Brand Identity. The Awards recognize the best in place branding worldwide and are announced at the annual City Nation Place Forum in London, England.

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Community Activation & Vibrancy

Vignettes Design Series Creates Collaboration For Designers & Culinary Experts

Since 2014, Mojo Design has been promoting the Edmonton design industry through Vignettes showcases, the first with furniture designed by University of Alberta students, then woodworkers, and 8×8 ft. spaces done by interior designers. Igniting the collaboration within the design communities, the Vignettes had been a success, and the team wanted to take their events to the next level.

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