NEDC 2018 Media Release

Media Release
March 23 2018

Economic development leaders’ conference to be held in Rockhampton

Rockhampton will host the largest and most important gathering of Australia’s leading economic developers at Economic Development Australia’s (EDA) annual National Economic Development Conference 2018 (NEDC 2018) from October 16-19, 2018.

EDA is the peak national body for economic development practitioners strengthening and promoting economic development through state and national events, professional development, advocacy and member support. The annual conference is the biggest forum for economic development practitioners across the country and allows delegates to share knowledge regarding latest trends and best practice in building the prosperity of Australian communities.

EDA Executive Officer, Jacqueline Brinkman said, “We are delighted to announce Rockhampton as the host of Australia’s leading economic development event. Rockhampton’s approach to economic development, by fostering competitiveness across its 10 key industries will be an ideal backdrop for Australia’s pre-eminent economic development event and an excellent professional development opportunity for EDA members.”

The National Economic Development Conference is Economic Development Australia’s major annual event; in its 11th year, national and international experts will focus on how Australian cities and regional communities can stimulate innovation and economic growth.

Rockhampton Region Mayor Margaret Strelow said, “I couldn’t think of a better time than now to have influential leaders from across the government and private sector come to Rockhampton.

“Council has been committed to driving a strong Economic Development agenda for our Region and it’s very exciting to have the opportunity to put our achievements on display in our own city.”

National and global experts in investment attraction, industry development, job creation, competitiveness, market development, place activation and productivity will converge on the city of Rockhampton to take part in a dynamic 3-day event.

“The Rockhampton location also supports EDA’s desire to deliver the national conference through regional cities, highlighting the importance of the regions to Australia’s prosperity and providing an opportunity to showcase local initiatives and attractions,” said Ms Brinkman.

Conference registrations will open next month.

Media contact
Jacqueline Brinkman
Economic Development Australia
0419 130 699