Regional Transformation – An Evolution of the Circular Economy is the timely and relevant theme of the 2021 National Economic Development Conference (NEDC21) to be held in Mackay from 13-15 October.

NEDC is the flagship event of Economic Development Australia (EDA), the national peak body for economic development professionals. The Conference will illustrate how adopting a circular approach to economic development can benefit businesses, society and the environment.

Currently estimated as a $1.9 trillion opportunity for Australia, the program will feature several case studies to show how cities and regions across Australia and the globe are utilising this systemic approach to transform their economies.

“There is no doubt that the coming years will be a period of economic recovery and transformation. The theme of NEDC21 will be centred around transformation through circular economy, and Mackay embodies that approach,” Economic Development Australia CEO, Jacqueline Brinkman, said.

NEDC is Australia’s largest gathering of economic development leaders and experts, delivering knowledge through engaging and inspiring case studies, mixed with practical information on policy settings and the implications for local economic development. 

NEDC speakers will deliver engaging presentations including:

  • How can a circular economy stimulate jobs and growth?
  • Circular economy is a driver for regional economic diversification
  • Circular economy can reduce waste and increase efficiency
  • How to use transformative thinking for economic development
  • Capturing opportunities through disruption and crises
  • How to show ROI on circular economy projects

Mackay Mayor, Mayor Greg Williamson, said he is delighted to be welcoming delegates to the region and described NEDC21 as the ideal way for the city to lead the national discussion on economic development, as well as showcase the region’s diverse local industries and world-class innovation.

“Mackay is on a journey of reinventing itself, embracing transformation to capture future opportunities to ensure our region remains relevant and continues to grow and thrive,” Mayor Williamson said.

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