Published: May 27, 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. 

As the flagship event for Economic Development Australia (EDA), the peak national body for economic development practitioners, NEDC19 will attract more than 250 economic development leaders from across Australia.

With the theme, Digital Globalisation, Digital Localisation, the conference will illustrate how Smart Cities can be people focused.

“The conference will highlight how making a city smarter is all about making cities and regions work better to increase the economic and social-wellbeing of their communities. Connectivity and digital technologies are generating new business models and transforming economies. I can’t think of a better city than Adelaide in which to be having these important conversations” said EDA CEO, Jacqueline Brinkman.

The conference will present strategies and practical lessons from across Australia and the world to leverage the Smart City agenda for economic development and explore how the digital transformation is changing the way we live, play and work.

Acting Lord Mayor of Adelaide, Houssam Abiad agreed that the city is the ideal venue to host an event of this stature and looked forward to welcoming delegates to the city for an exciting three days. “The City of Adelaide, along with Economic Development Australia and partner councils, is proud to launch the program for the largest gathering of Australia’s leading economic developers,” said Mr Abiad. 

“This year the conference will feature a compelling program of highly-regarded thought leaders from around the world and we’re excited about welcoming these leaders to our city. Along with delegates, they will experience a truly impressive conference program during the day and our city’s world-renowned hospitality by night. From the masterclass at Lot Fourteen on day one through to day three’s focus on digital globalisation, it’s a conference that’s not to be missed and we encourage everyone to register early.”

The conference will feature global Smart Cities experts including; Robert Bell, Joaquim Alvarez, former Digital Business Strategist for the Barcelona City Council, Matthew Schulz from Australian Smart Communities Association and Calandra Cruickshank from the US. The program also features globally recognised leading futurists, Ross Dawson and Chris Riddell and cluster expert Emily Wise from Sweden.


The program will be highly interactive with keynote speakers participating in panel discussions and for the first time, NEDC will feature a series of IGNITE sessions – speed presentations of case studies from economic development professionals and organisations.

A highlight of the event will be the Economic Development Awards for Excellence Gala Dinner to be held in a stunning location at the Adelaide Zoo.

The bid to attract NEDC to South Australia was led by the City of Adelaide with support from a consortium of local councils including; City of Onkaparinga, City of Unley, City of Port Adelaide Enfield, City of Prospect, City of Charles Sturt, City of Holdfast Bay and City of West Torrens.

Registrations are now open, and remember early bird pricing ends July 31, visit edaconference.com.au to register today.