The Economic Development Forum can offer your organisation a range of practical benefits designed to assist you in achieving high levels of performance and results. Benefits include access to facilitated assessment tools, training , networking opportunities, access to best practice information and templates, regular communications, business related articles, presentations and award winning applications, entry into the Excellence in About Awards, etc.

A chance to learn from others' best practice as all applicants will receive a publication showing good practices from other Awards' applicants. Heightened awareness of business excellence and a sharpened focus on improvement activities

Experience in India shows that award winners experienced a 46% increase in operating income and a 38% growth in sales when compared to non-award winners.

Recent research in India, conducted by EDF, shows that Award winning companies achieve better financial results, share value, sales, operating income and asset growth than their peers.

Membership of EDF offers substantial opportunities for a large networking. Our annual Conference with over 300 delegates is an excellent opportunity to make contacts with people from a wide variety of businesses. Member's evenings provide opportunities to meet quality professionals in their respective areas. National Office can provide networking contacts for specific purposes.

EDF is the membership organization serving the economic development profession. From public to private, rural to urban, and local to international, our members represent the entire range of economic development experience including:

Regional, state, and city economic development organizations.
Business Support Agencies.
Community and Neighborhood Development Organizations.
Information & Technology Development Agencies.
Utility companies.
Educational Institutions.
Consultants & Professionals.
Redevelopment Authorities.

The strength of our organization comes directly from the expertise and influence of our members. This expertise includes:

Community development
Tourism development
Workforce development
Infrastructure and business finance
Business marketing and its expansion
Rural & Economic Development
Industrial Development
International trade


"Markets are not created by God, nature, or by economic forces, but by businessmen." --Peter Drucker