It is my pleasure to present the final edition of the EDA Journal for 2021.
Building on the theme of the National Economic Development Conference (NEDC21), we are pleased to include a Circular Economy special feature in this edition with articles by NSW Circular Chief Economist, Dr Kar Mei Tang and leading economist and Climate Councillor, Nicki Hutley.
As we analyse the outcomes of the UN Climate Change Conference of the Parties (COP26) and advocate and hope for visionary global and national policy leadership, we are mindful that transformational change can be implemented at a local level also. NEDC21 and the articles in this edition prove that economic development professionals have a pivotal role to play in transitioning local ecosystems to a circular economy model.
This EDA Journal also features articles covering a range of other themes, including RDA Hunter’s experience of establishing a Medical Technologies and Pharmaceuticals (MTP) cluster. This is a fantastic example of a ground-up cluster development and an exemplar of specialisation in action.
The AsiaLink Business team provide great advice for regions preparing to leverage the opportunities that exist now as Australia begins reopening its international borders.
We are delighted to showcases all the finalists and winners of the 2021 National Economic Development Awards for Excellence in this edition of the journal. This is a wonderful repository of best practice, illustrating the ways in which the economic development sector is driving Australia’s economic recovery.
We are grateful to the leading practitioners who lend their expertise and insight to this publication. Thank you also to our advertising partners who help EDA deliver this valuable and popular resource for the Australian economic development sector.