National EconomicDevelopment Conference

October 10 - 12 2017 Ballarat

Event Details

Come and help us celebrate 10 years of Economic Development Australia at the annual National Economic Development Conference.

LATEST NEWSKeep up to date with the latest news on 2017 NEDC:
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:

  • Productivity and its Importance to Prosperity;
  • Bold and Brave – risk taking and tackling new initiatives in innovative and revolutionary ways; and
  • Celebrating 10 years of Economic Development Australia.

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

Discounted rates have been secured at the following venues:
The Mercure Ballarat Hotel and Convention Centre
Sovereign Park Motor Inn
Best Western Plus

The Venue

Event Speakers

Stephen Yarwood

Founder city2050

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 …

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Michael Langley

Chair IEDC

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 …

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Phil Ruthven

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 …

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Dr Graeme Emonson

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 …

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Gus Balbontin

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 …

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Jude Munro

Victorian Planning Authority inaugural chair

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 …

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Simon Millcock ACEcD

CEO Legatus Group (South Australia)

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 …

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Nicki Hutley

Director & Chief Economist URBIS

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 …

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Peter Gordon

Director Gordon Legal, president Western Bulldogs

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 …

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Economic Development Australia is a specialist, national body for all professionals working in the field of economic development in our communities.

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Further information

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Download the NEDC17 Sponsorship Prospectus E: P: 0421 052 969