Published: October 08, 2019

Adelaide will host the largest and most important gathering of Australia’s economic developers for the National Economic Development Conference (NEDC 2019) from October 23-25, 2019.

The conference which is run by Economic Development Australia (EDA), the peak national body for economic development practitioners, will attract more than 250 economic development leaders from across Australia.

With the theme, Digital Globalism, Digital Localism, Adelaide is proving how small cities can lead the world. The conference will illustrate how Smart Cities can be people focused. As Adelaide continues its trajectory in becoming one of the world’s most globally connected cities through revolutionary infrastructure, people remain at the centre of everything that fuels the city. Empowering open and citizen-driven innovation which generate real world outcomes that positively impact the community remains at the core.

The City of Adelaide is actively investing in critical technological infrastructure and policy to accelerate future-focused industries and the business conditions that support them. The City of Adelaide has rolled out Ten Gigabit Adelaide, a revolutionary high-speed, high-performance fibre optic data network, to over 400 buildings - with 700 buildings to be connected by December 2019. The signing of a $551 million City Deal will provide the planning, investment and governance necessary to accelerate growth and job creation and ensure the vision of Lot Fourteen, Australia’s first innovation neighbourhood, comes into full fruition.

Consistently voted within the top ten most liveable cities in the world by the Economist Intelligence Unit, Adelaide is a city where wellbeing intersects with innovation to ensure the city’s growth and prosperity. Innovation is engrained in South Australia’s three world-class research universities, embedding entrepreneurship as a cornerstone of the State’s culture.

Adelaide is leading the way in capitalising on future industries and technologies within a rapidly changing global economy and is increasingly recognised as one of the most competitive business landscapes in the Southern Hemisphere. The local economy has experienced sustained periods of the highest business and property confidence in Australia and is becoming a preferred destination for international companies. South Australian industry has rapidly diversified into space, defence, renewable energy, food and wine production, and life sciences, attracting investors and multinational giants such as Cisco, Boeing, Technicolor and NEC.

Adelaide’s long-standing expertise and market intelligence is attracting and nurturing connections with like-minded leading organisations and companies.  Adelaide is truly a city open for business.

Register for the National Economic Development Conference here.