National Economic Development Conference 2024

16-18 october 2024
melbourne | naarm, vic


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NEDC24 – The power of place –


The city of Melbourne (Naarm) on the traditional lands of the Kulin Nation will be the star of NEDC24 as we celebrate The Power of Place in one of the world’s most dynamic cities.

Australia’s premier conference for economic development professionals, NEDC24 will explore how place-based economic development enhances and leverages the physical, cultural and social identity of place, to help drive community prosperity, resilience and empowerment.

A collaborative, place-based approach to economic development can help create the social licence critical to ensuring long-lasting economic and societal change. NEDC24 will explore key principles and concepts relevant to best practice place-based economic development. This will be relevant to practitioners grappling with many of the complex challenges being experienced across Australian cities and regions including, future of retail, housing, climate impact, skills shortages, generational equity, economic transition, utilisation of new technologies (including AI), etc.

NEDC24 will feature recognised experts sharing key principles, frameworks, practical tools and insights informing how to develop and deliver authentic, impactful economic development strategies, with people and place at the centre.

As the flagship event for EDA, the peak national body for economic development practitioners, the national event will attract more than 200 economic development leaders from across Australia. The event will also host thought leaders in industry development, representatives from all levels of government and the key organisations with an interest in Australia’s prosperity and economic growth.

As always, NEDC24 will feature unique networking events including a welcome function in the heart of Melbourne’s CBD at the funky Bourke Street Green and the National Awards for Excellence Gala at one of the city’s most iconic venues, the historic Plaza Ballroom.


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Looking for information about NEDC23?

The National Economic Development Conference 2023 was held at the Red Earth Arts Precinct in Karratha from 22-24 August 2023.

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