Come and help us celebrate 10 years of Economic Development Australia at the annual National Economic Development Conference.
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August 10 Media Release NEDC in Ballarat
The City of Ballarat will host the 2017 National Economic Development Conference from 10-12 October at The Mercure Ballarat in the heart of this historic city. Program of Events
The three-day conference will attract economic development practitioners from around the country and around the world; and representatives from all levels of government.
The 2017 conference will feature a compelling program of highly regarded thought-leaders whose knowledge and expertise will challenge delegates, and encourage robust dialogue around the conference’s central themes:
The 2017 NEDC includes:
Two days of informative and interactive sessions for delegates including keynote speakers, experts in fields related to the conference themes, breakout sessions and panel discussions.
The annual National Economic Development Awards for Excellence will provide an opportunity for business and professional networking, as will the welcome cocktail event, conference dinner and an ‘Experience Ballarat’ event.
Delegates will be offered a ‘Technical Tour’ including site visits to several innovative economic development projects in the Ballarat region including: Eureka Stadium, Ballarat West Employment Zone and the Railway Precinct.
Selected government and industry organisations will have the opportunity to exhibit at the Conference.
Getting involved:The City of Ballarat is seeking expressions of interest from businesses with a strong economic development focus or local presence that are committed to the future growth and development of our region.
The NEDC2017 sponsorship and exhibition packages have been designed to: Provide an excellent opportunity to promote your company among conference delegates, high profile personnel and key policy makers: Raise your company profile: Provide an opportunity to develop new strategic partnerships and strengthen existing partnerships.NEDC Sponsorship Document
Where to Stay: You can find information about accommodation and attractions in Ballarat at www.visitballarat.com.au
Discounted rates have been secured at the following venues:
The Mercure Ballarat Hotel and Convention Centre – http://www.mercureballarat.com.au/
Sovereign Park Motor Inn – http://www.sovpark.com/
Best Western Plus – http://www.bestwestern.com.au/ballarat/hotels/best-western-plus-ballarat-suites/
Founder city2050 An international consultant and well-known and respected urban planner in Australia, Stephen is passionate about cities and innovation. The founder of city2050, a consultancy which specialises in the …Read more
An international consultant and well-known and respected urban planner in Australia, Stephen is passionate about cities and innovation.
The founder of city2050, a consultancy which specialises in the future of cities and innovation in urban development, Stephen is an expert in the areas of governance, leadership, strategic planning, policy development, master planning and place making.
A former Lord Mayor of Adelaide, he is a global advisor to Airbnb and an Airbnb host himself. Stephen is an award-winning member of the Planning Institute of Australia with a Bachelor of Arts (Planning), Graduate Diploma (Regional and Urban Planning), Graduate Diploma (Environmental Studies), and a Masters Degree in Business Administration.
Adelaide underwent a rapid transformation during Stephen’s term as Mayor, from 2010-14, which was recognised by the New York Times, Singapore Centre for Liveable Cities, National Geographic and Lonely Planet.
Stephen has worked in State Government as an urban planner, the South Australian Parliament as a researcher and in Local Government as a principal planner. His planning experience is diverse, from strategy to implementation, dealing with most land use types and a diverse range of community, design and development issues at all levels of government.
He has lectured at universities locally, nationally and internationally, and has been a keynote speaker at many conferences around the world, speaking on innovation in cities and their management.
A recipient of scholarships to study in Japan and Denmark, Stephen has worked in India, Thailand, Singapore, the Middle East, the USA and New Zealand, and led delegations to Europe, China, North America and the Middle East.
GREATER MSP CEO Named one of the Top 50 Economic Developers in North America by Consultant Connect in 2015, Michael Langley is the founding CEO of GREATER MSP, the Minneapolis …Read more
GREATER MSP CEO
Named one of the Top 50 Economic Developers in North America by Consultant Connect in 2015, Michael Langley is the founding CEO of GREATER MSP, the Minneapolis Saint Paul Regional Economic Development Partnership.
GREATER MSP leads global promotion, regional strategy, and project management for economic growth and job creation in the Minneapolis Saint Paul region, with 3.5 million residents and a gross metropolitan product of more than $230 billion.
Michael brings years of experience to his role as a widely recognised economic development strategist who has led successful regional economic development organisations in Florida and Pennsylvania.
Since the formation of GREATER MSP in 2011, the Minneapolis Saint Paul region has achieved strong jobs growth and record low unemployment, and has been recognised for its diverse and resilient economy.
Michael is on the Board of the International Economic Development Council (IEDC) and was designated as a Fellow Member by IEDC in 2015, for his contributions to the economic development profession.
Michael’s interests also go well beyond economic development. The American Intercontinental University awarded him an honorary doctorate in Humanities for his work in community improvement, which includes leadership on the Board of the Minnesota Orchestra, the Metropolitan State University Foundation Board of Trustees, the Super Bowl LII Host Committee Executive Board and the NAIOP Board of Directors.
IBISWorld Founder and Director Phil is widely considered the nation’s most respected strategist and futurist on business, social and economic matters. IBISWorld, the corporation he established in 1971 and which …Read more
IBISWorld Founder and Director
Phil is widely considered the nation’s most respected strategist and futurist on business, social and economic matters.
IBISWorld, the corporation he established in 1971 and which he continues to direct, provides online business information, forecasting and strategic services across much of the world, including Australia, the United States, Canada, China, United Kingdom and Indonesia.
IBISWorld has earned the reputation as an astute forecasting and advisory corporation, based on its unique and comprehensive databases. Its website www.ibisworld.com.au is rated one of the most sophisticated and powerful industry and marketing websites in the world. Its foresight and insight of business trends is outstanding, with the most envious record of accuracy among its peers.
Phil is a science graduate with further studies in management and economics at various universities and institutes, and was a Rotary awardee to the United States in the late 1960s. He spent over 10 years in the food industry, including executive positions in research, production and marketing, before establishing IBIS in 1971.
Phil is currently an Adjunct Professor at The University of Technology (Sydney), and a member of the ANU College of Business & Economics Advisory Board. He is a past Director of Open Family Australia where he continues to help as an Ambassador for Whitelion/Open Family.
In 2014, Phil became a Member of the Order of Australia, in recognition of his service to business and commerce, and to the community.
Local Government Victoria Executive Director Graeme has a passion for local government which extends over 35 years. During those years he has been CEO at Knox City Council, Wangaratta Rural …Read more
Local Government Victoria Executive Director
Graeme has a passion for local government which extends over 35 years. During those years he has been CEO at Knox City Council, Wangaratta Rural City Council and the Southern Grampians Shire Council.
After being appointed to his role of Local Government Victoria Executive Director in 2016, Graeme led the team responsible for managing a large-scale Citizens Jury to determine the future governance and electoral arrangements for the City of Greater Geelong.
Graeme has a strong interest in leadership organisational effectiveness and governance. He has a PhD in Leadership, a Master of Business (Public Sector Management) and a Bachelor of Business.
He is a Victorian Fellow of the Institute of Public Administration Australia, member of the International City and County Managers’ Association, and a Fellow of Local Government Professionals (LGPro).
Raised in the Argentinean Patagonia, Gus knew from the age of eight that he was going to travel the world even though he did not know how to make that …Read more
Raised in the Argentinean Patagonia, Gus knew from the age of eight that he was going to travel the world even though he did not know how to make that dream a reality.
Gus earned a travel scholarship at 17 that lead him to the other side of the world in Byron Bay over the course of a year. When he returned home and carrying on his mission to travel, with only a small backpack and a youthful lust for adventure Gus journeyed 40,000kms through South America without spending a cent. Meeting other travellers along the way he discussed amazing journeys and travel guidebook improvements he would share with anyone that would listen.
Eventually, he returned to Australia working in various jobs when he stumbled upon an opportunity for a travel company and he was fated to apply. His lack of experience was no deterrent and against the odds he secured a designer role at Lonely Planet. As far as Gus was concerned, he had landed his dream job, but it was just the beginning.
Fast forward to 2014; Gus completed an MBA, had spent countless hours on planes, progressed through a number of different roles within Lonely Planet and eventually lead the company globally. The company went from books dominating the world of travel information to the internet and a mobile revolution few saw coming.
Gus is a big thinker who doesn’t let ‘life’s hurdles’ get in the way of big solutions. His knowledge and expertise in transformation and digital innovation is genuinely impressive, as he teaches his audience how to navigate the struggles and successes that even great brands in the world experience.
Victorian Planning Authority inaugural chair The inaugural chair of the Victorian Planning Authority, Jude Munro is passionate about cities and enabling them to achieve their full potential as vibrant, effective …Read more
Victorian Planning Authority inaugural chair
The inaugural chair of the Victorian Planning Authority, Jude Munro is passionate about cities and enabling them to achieve their full potential as vibrant, effective and efficient organisations that meet the needs of their communities.
A problem solver who holds the view that no challenge is too large, no system so dysfunctional it cannot be mended and that all conflicts can be mediated, Jude draws on her breadth of knowledge, experience and networks from across government and the private sector to provide organisations with the skills and expertise to function in ways that better reflect the needs and aspirations of their communities.
A former Chief Executive of four municipalities – St Kilda, Moreland, Adelaide and 10 years at Brisbane City – Jude has a long-standing commitment to the public sector and of facilitating local democracy in action.
In 2010, Jude set up Jude Munro and Associates, the same year she received the keys to the City of Brisbane. It was also the year in which she was awarded the Order of Australia for distinguished service to local government in general and the City of Brisbane in particular.
An outstanding networker Jude is acknowledged as a government and business leader who is committed to innovation and bringing a sense of purpose to organisations.
The Victorian Planning Authority, which Jude leads, was set up to boost planning support for regional cities and towns. It works on the long-term plans needed to cope with the state’s growing population, set to reach 10 million people by 2051. It works with councils to design new suburbs, identify new development opportunities, plan strategic redevelopment sites, increase housing in regional areas and boost affordability through consistent land supply.
Simon has 18 years’ experience in the field of economic development; he was one of Australia’s first Certified Economic Developers and an Economic Development Australia (EDA) National Director from 2008 …Read more
Simon has 18 years’ experience in the field of economic development; he was one of Australia’s first Certified Economic Developers and an Economic Development Australia (EDA) National Director from 2008 -2014 with responsibility for:
Simon has presented at local, regional, national and international conferences and was EDA’s representative to several international economic development conferences in the USA from 2009. In recent years, he has also undertaken trade delegations to and from Asia.
He holds a passionate belief that regional and remote communities are a key component of nations as they help to drive national economies and identities. Through his work with Australia’s remote Indian Ocean Territories and the Norfolk Island community, Simon has seen first-hand the impact on regional communities of decisions made by people based thousands of kilometres away.
During the past four years he led the development of the Town of Victoria Park Economic Development and Tourism Plan in Western Australia, Townsville City Economic Development Plan and Townsville City Digital Economic Strategy in Queensland; he was also involved in the development of the North Queensland Economic Development Plan.
Simon is currently CEO of the Legatus Group, a regional organisation of 15 South Australian Councils.
This year Simon will lead his fourth economic development study tour to the USA; he was on the organising committee for the EDA’s international conferences with Economic Development Agencies New Zealand in 2012 and 2014.
Simon is a 2005 Fellow of the SA Governor’s Leadership Foundation.
Nicki is a highly experienced economist with many years of experience in the economic, financial market and public policy sectors and is committed to helping shape Australian cities and communities …Read more
Nicki is a highly experienced economist with many years of experience in the economic, financial market and public policy sectors and is committed to helping shape Australian cities and communities for a better future.
She has a keen understanding of macroeconomic trends and the diverse effects of social and investment policies. Nicki applies this knowledge to shape business and government strategies that provide positive economic, environmental and community outcomes. She is especially passionate about addressing climate change and the effective use of infrastructure and technology to improve opportunities for all.
Before joining Urbis in 2013, Nicki held senior positions with Access Economics and KPMG. Throughout her career, Nicki has led large and complex economic modelling projects and policy reviews for local, state and federal governments as well as private and third sector clients. Nicki has applied Cost Benefit Analysis to a wide range of issues including:
As a macroeconomist, Nicki also maintains forecasts for key economic variables and is a regular commentator in the media on macro and policy issues.
Nicki is an expert in economic impact assessment, cost-benefit analysis, economic foresighting, stakeholder engagement and government policy reviews. She is also highly adept at preparing reports, research papers and presentations in a way that makes complex issues accessible to a wide audience.
Nicki, along with the rest of the Urbis team, provides advice to developers, property owners, investors, private firms, NGOs, community groups, industry associations and all levels of government.
Director Gordon Legal, President Western Bulldogs Peter Gordon is internationally renowned for his work on numerous landmark legal cases. His pioneering efforts in mass tort and consumer class action litigation …Read more
Director Gordon Legal, President Western Bulldogs
Peter Gordon is internationally renowned for his work on numerous landmark legal cases.
His pioneering efforts in mass tort and consumer class action litigation include Australia’s first successful asbestos related cancer claim in 1984, medically-acquired AIDS, sex abuse related to the Catholic Church, faulty breast implants and in 2010 a class action for more than 100 Australian and New Zealand thalidomide survivors whose initial claims were rejected many years ago.
Peter grew up in West Footscray, was Dux of St John’s College in Braybrook and arrived at Melbourne Law School in 1976. His passion for legal justice was fostered at the University and two years into his course he was volunteering with the Williamstown Legal Referral Service.
Peter was a lawyer at Slater & Gordon for 30 years, becoming a partner of the firm in 1989 and senior partner in 1995. In 2009 he resigned as a non-executive director of Slater & Gordon to launch CLF, a litigation funding enterprise of which he is director. In 2010 Peter established Gordon Legal, where he is director.
Peter is a passionate advocate for what was once called “law for the poor”, representing injured workers, claimants, consumers and aggrieved shareholders.
He is also president of the Western Bulldogs. In his first tenure in the position, and as the AFL’s youngest ever president, he led the rescue of the Footscray Football Club in 1989 and served as president from 1989 to 1996. He was an Australian Football League director between 1990 and 1993.
Upon his reappointment as president of the Bulldogs in 2013, Peter helped launch the club’s Sons of the West men’s health initiative which has since grown to include Ballarat and surrounding towns. Peter was at the helm when the Bulldogs won the 2016 AFL premiership after a 62-year drought.
In August this year, Peter was awarded an honorary doctorate by Victoria University. He was admitted to the degree of Doctor of the University Honoris Causa, in recognition of more than 30 years of service.
Ballarat, Victoria’s third largest city, has enjoyed a rich and prosperous legacy thanks to the gold rush which began in 1851. News that the Ballarat region was home to the …Visit the website Read more
Ballarat, Victoria’s third largest city, has enjoyed a rich and prosperous legacy thanks to the gold rush which began in 1851. News that the Ballarat region was home to the richest alluvial goldfield in the world resulted in a population explosion as people came from all over the world seeking their fortune.
These days, long after the gold has dwindled from a flood to a trickle, the city retains much of its rich gold heritage in the form of magnificent buildings, fountains and gardens, paired with modern tourist attractions which celebrate the city’s history.
There is much more to Ballarat than its history, the city offers a lively food and coffee scene, craft breweries, galleries,, beautiful Lake Wendouree, the Botanical Gardens, the historic Arch of Victory and Avenue of Honour, superb country side, an abundance of wineries and picturesque townships.
Located in the historic Town Hall in the heart of the city, Ballarat’s Visitor Information Centre offers information about a range of local and regional attractions and accommodation options.
Ph: 1800 446 633 or 0353 374 337
The Mercure Ballarat Hotel and Convention Centre is an upmarket venue, set in three hectares of beautifully manicured gardens with an ornamental lake. It is located 75 minutes from the …Visit the website Read more
The Mercure Ballarat Hotel and Convention Centre is an upmarket venue, set in three hectares of beautifully manicured gardens with an ornamental lake. It is located 75 minutes from the Melbourne CBD with close proximity to the historic centre of Ballarat.
Guests can enjoy the hotel’s bistro and bar, take advantage of the on-site day spa and relax in the comfort of their well-appointed hotel room.
Sovereign Park Motor Inn is ranked #9 on the Top Hotels for Families in Australia on Trip Advisor. Sovereign Park Motor Inn has fantastic recreation facilities, indoor heated pool, spas …Visit the website Read more
Sovereign Park Motor Inn is ranked #9 on the Top Hotels for Families in Australia on Trip Advisor.
Sovereign Park Motor Inn has fantastic recreation facilities, indoor heated pool, spas and sauna and is located 800 metres and minutes from the centre of Ballarat..
The complex features the award-winning Red Lion restaurant, bar and café. Whether you are after a delicious meal in the relaxing atmosphere of Leo’s Restaurant, a coffee and cake with friends in the cafe, or a great place for a drink, The Red Lion is the place to meet. It is child friendly and has a fantastic playground where children can enjoy themselves for hours.
Best Western Plus Ballarat Suites is close to the city centre, the Ballarat Wildlife Park, Museum of Australian Democracy at Eureka, Lake Wendouree and the Botanical Gardens. Guests staying at …Visit the website Read more
Best Western Plus Ballarat Suites is close to the city centre, the Ballarat Wildlife Park, Museum of Australian Democracy at Eureka, Lake Wendouree and the Botanical Gardens. Guests staying at this Ballarat motel will be close to local golf courses, shopping centres and restaurants.
Best Western Plus Ballarat Suites is newly built and provides luxurious four-star accommodation. All rooms are non-smoking. Some have separate living rooms and bedrooms with king beds and spa bath, cable/satellite television, in-room movies and FREE high speed Internet access.
Set in the heart of Ballarat, the Mitchell Harris Wine Bar showcases wines and other tasty delicacies of the region in a converted 140-year-old former produce store, tentmakers and motor …Visit the website Read more
Set in the heart of Ballarat, the Mitchell Harris Wine Bar showcases wines and other tasty delicacies of the region in a converted 140-year-old former produce store, tentmakers and motor workshop.
Whether providing a warm sanctuary for the winter’s chill or throwing open the windows to welcome a summer breeze, this unique and charming cellar door is the perfect backdrop for the elegant wines Mitchell Harris has been making since 2008.
These wines, which reflect the cool-climate characteristics of the region, are just the start, with the Mitchell Harris team sharing the stories behind the wines and suggesting delicious food to accompany your choice. Along with the Mitchell Harris varieties, the wine bar is a delicious gateway to the wines of the surrounding regions in Central and Western Victoria, including the Pyrenees, Grampians and Macedon.
Located in the centre of Ballarat, Athletic Club Brewery is a family-owned small batch brewery boasting an eclectic range of beer styles. Hand-made in Ballarat – from the fittings of …Visit the website Read more
Located in the centre of Ballarat, Athletic Club Brewery is a family-owned small batch brewery boasting an eclectic range of beer styles.
Hand-made in Ballarat – from the fittings of the furniture, to the beer that flows from the taps – Athletic Club Brewery offers an authentic brew pub experience with eight beers on tap and food inspired by the region.
It is the ideal spot to pull up a stool and have a good yarn with views over the brew deck. There are opportunities to brew your own beer, take a tour and even make your own custom labels.
Economic Development Australia is a specialist, national body for all professionals working in the field of economic development in our communities.
Find out more at https://www.edaustralia.com.au/
The City of Ballarat and its residents and Economic Development Australia look forward to welcoming you to Ballarat an the 2017 NEDC
Find out more at http://www.visitballarat.com.au/