The National Economic Development Conference (NEDC) returns to a face-to-face format this year in Sydney, bringing economic development professionals together for the first time in more than two years. 

From October 12-14, the three day program will help delegates navigate complex economic issues, energise communities and develop economic growth strategies. 

With a range of fantastic events, NEDC also provides the opportunity for professionals to network and connect with their with peers.

NEDC is the flagship event of Economic Development Australia (EDA), the national peak body for economic development professionals; building capacity, promoting excellence and providing leadership on issues that matter to members.

NEDC is the only dedicated conference for the Australian economic development sector. This year’s event will also host thought leaders in industry development, representatives from all levels of government and key organisations with an interest in Australia’s economic recovery, job creation, economic resilience and inclusive community wealth building. 

EDA CEO, Jacqueline Brinkman, said, “Economic development professionals work at a grass roots level, facilitating job and wealth creation to improve quality of life outcomes for communities across Australia. They are important drivers of people-led change in regions, cities, suburbs, towns and neighbourhoods. 

“The conference is an opportunity to share intelligence about successful economic development initiatives that add to both social wellbeing and economic prosperity in local communities, and to understand how local people are creating communities that are better places to live, work and play.”

The National Economic Development Conference will deliver a dynamic and inspiring program with the overarching themes of: 

  • Navigate: supporting cities and regions to recover and adapt
  • Energise: creative and innovative revitalisation strategies
  • Develop: strategic economic development with community and place at the centre 
  • Collaborate: diverse voices, experiences and economic development knowledge 

“Australian economic development professionals have been at the forefront of driving economic recovery in their cities and regions, following a series of crises including drought, bushfires, Covid and floods,” Ms Brinkman said. 

“The conference provides the ideal platform to highlight how transformative economic development can help address many of the critical challenges Australia faces – including housing affordability, climate change, Indigenous justice and reconciliation.” 

NEDC will showcase the impact of the work being conducted by Australia’s economic development professionals and illustrate that these professionals are deeply connected to their communities and committed to driving economic development and fostering prosperity. 

NEDC will also feature the National Awards for Excellence Gala Dinner at the iconic Luna Park, with the whole event promising to deliver inspirational learning, connection and celebration. 

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