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Download our STEPS TO SUCCESS CHECKLIST for new community and economic development professionals.

Visit our PATHFINDING page for links to valuable organizations and websites.

Here is a direct link to our Funding Program Search Engine.

An extensive library of best practices, tools and templates can be accessed on SEDA's online campus

New DIY Guidebook Series

SEDA is developing a Guidebook Series to be made available at no charge to network members. The series will also be available for sale online. The first three resources are now available:

1. Community Needs Assessment: Getting Started

Elected officials, staff and volunteer leaders must often identify community needs in order to develop strategies and action plans to support sustainable communities. One effective method for identifying problems, challenges and needs is conducting a Community Needs Assessment Survey. This Guidebook provides a menu of potential survey content. 

SEDA Members may download the Guidebook from the Community Planning (subscribers only area) of or email the SEDA office at to request an electronic copy.

2. Community Resource Mapping: Getting Started

Community resource mapping is not a new strategy or process. It has been in use for many years in varying forms. Community resource mapping is sometimes referred to as asset mapping or environmental scanning. This Guidebook provides basics on how to get started and sample resource inventories.

SEDA Members may download the Resource Mapping (subscribers only area) of or email the SEDA office at to request an electronic copy.

3. Planning Essentials: The Economic Development Plan

This guidebook outlines a sequence of steps starting with collecting background demographic and economic information to developing a community vision and corresponding action strategies.

SEDA Members may download the Economic Development Plans (subscribers only area) of or email the SEDA office at to request an electronic copy.

Non-Members pay purchase our Guidebooks HERE.

SEDA Sponsored Research

The 2018 Economic Development Salary & Priority Survey Results is now available in inforgraphic format. Members may email the SEDA office for a copy at  

2015 Business Threshold Analysis for Rural Areas and Small Urban Centres may be downloaded from the Feasibility Analysis area (subscribers only ) of