Last week Palmerston North played host to the annual Economic Development New Zealand (EDNZ) conference, with more than 200 leaders, industry, local and central government professionals and experts coming from around New Zealand to reconnect and discuss Aotearoa’s economic resilience, reimagining and recovery.
With Minister Stuart Nash launching the Conference with the announcement $200 million Regional Strategic Partnership Fund, the two-day conference left attendees feeling inspired and energised by the innovation demonstrated by regions over the last 18 months, and the opportunities that New Zealand faces now and in to the future as we recover and grow together, as a team of 5 million.
Speakers and presentations included Manawatu’s Dr Jason Mika on the Maori Economy, Dr Ganesh Nana on the work of the Productivity Commission, New Plymouth Mayor Neil Holdon on ‘a Just Transition away from oil and gas, and Infometrics Brad Olsen on key trends post COVID-19. A selection of the presentations can be found here.
To top of the two-day conference, CEDA’s Sort It Online 2020 Webinar Series was awarded a commendation at the EDNZ 2021 Annual Best Practice Awards in the innovation category designed in response to COVID-19.
“Sort It Online provided a virtual experience designed to engage with students and their families, jobseekers, career changers, and those looking to re-enter the workforce to spark conversations around learning and employment pathways. We are very proud to be recognised by Economic Development NZ for this.”
Sara Towers, Central Economic Development Agency Talent and Skills Manager