The National Economic Development Conference (NEDC), to be held October 12-14 in Sydney, is attracting globally recognised experts in economic development. 

At NEDC, delegates will find inspiration, skills and resources to help them navigate complex economic issues, energise communities and develop winning economic growth strategies. 

The conference is also a long-awaited opportunity for delegates to catch up and collaborate with colleagues from across Australia. 

NEDC is the flagship event of Economic Development Australia (EDA), the national peak body for economic development professionals with over 1500 members. 

EDA’s membership includes 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, “EDA members are the agents of change at a grassroots level, working to address some of the key complex economic challenges facing Australia; namely skills shortages, workforce development and housing.

“Many economic development professionals have been responding to a series of crises for well over two years. NEDC provides the opportunity to pause, reflect on others’ experiences, hear from experts and build knowledge and insights which can inform delegates’ work within their own communities throughout the year ahead.” 

The three day program presents a full roster of exciting speakers, panel discussions and debates. 

A highlight will be keynote speaker, Neil McInroy, one of the world’s leading experts in the global economics of place. 

Neil McInroy. Image: EDA.

Mr McInroy is looking forward to visiting Australia and leading the discussion at NEDC surrounding new economic policy and practice for people, place and planet. 

He is a Community Wealth Building Adviser to the Scottish Government, a Senior Fellow at the Democracy Collaborative, and prior to that the CEO for the Centre for Local Economic Strategies (CLES) for more than 20 years. 

A popular feature of NEDC are the robust panel sessions, with the highly anticipated panel sessions for 2022 to focus on the following themes: 

  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Entrepreneurship & Inclusive Economic Development
  • The Workforce Conundrum: Attracting talent – be fierce and fearless!
  • Place Interrupted – Impacts of Tech Disruptions on Local Economic Development Practices
  • The Future of Cities: How do we navigate the profound changes and challenges and create experience-centric cities, which serve communities now and into the future?

Delegates have the opportunity to extend their learning following NEDC by participating in EDA’s National Economic Development Education and Training Program, the accredited professional development course for Australian economic development professionals. 

Core and elective modules deliver knowledge, skills and insight, using practical case studies, a global perspective and adaptable tools to help build a strong and resilient local economy. 

EDA members who complete four core and two elective modules achieve recognition as Australian Certified Economic Developers (ACEcD). 

EDA also offers economic development modules for community leaders, mayors and other elected officials. The program is designed to empower community leaders to drive and support inclusive, sustainable economic development.

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