The Edmonton Community Development Company is a non-profit organization devoted to working with inner city neighbourhoods in the areas of economic development, job training and creation, affordable housing, social infrastructure (e.g. child care centres, community kitchens and gardens) and other development that will add value to the socio-economic lives of area residents.

Although discussed for years, the ECDC got legs at the Mayor’s Taskforce to Eliminate Poverty, in particular at the Task Force’s Working Group on Housing and Transportation, which recommended its creation and was met with unanimous endorsement.

The Working Group’s recommendation to the Task Force was unanimously approved and under the leadership of Martin Garber-Conrad, CEO of the Edmonton Community Foundation) and – to keep the story brief – was approved by City Council. Long-term funding and various parcels of land were provided by the City of Edmonton and other funding came in from the Edmonton Community Foundation, Homeward Trust, and United Way of the Alberta Capital Region.

After a national competition, Mark Holmgren was hired as the ECDC’s inaugural executive director, effective January 8, 2018.

Mark’s immediate tasks include setting up the ECDC’s offices in the McCauley neighbourhood, networking with resident groups, community leaders, and organizations, while jumping into some of the work that has been stewarded up until now by Martin and others.

The ECDC will be adding staff over the next few months. Stay tuned for the postings.