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ENGAGE | Regional Development

Our projects in regional Queensland as well as several facilitation roles are enhancing our contribution to, profile in and engagement in regional development. We understand that regional development is significantly about vision, strategically directing resources, leveraging assets and opportunities, and managing change. John will be attending an upcoming EIDOS conference ‘Achieving Regional Development: A Pathway to Productivity‘ to be presented by EIDOS and the University of the Sunshine Coast on 28 September in Brisbane. The conference recognises that achieving regional productivity and development through innovation requires both a sound understanding of the key resources of the region and a willingness to look outside of traditional workforce and development opportunities and recognise the need for engagement with non-traditional industries such as the ICT, clean technology and health technology industries.

In the coming weeks, we will be engaging with several forums addressing regional development issues and needs. Next month, Linda will be attending the EDA National Conference on The Digital Economy and later this month she will be participating in a cross sectorial think tank to investigate issues facing knowledge precincts. As Deputy Chair of Regional Development Australia Brisbane, Linda is well informed of policy and planning initiatives in this area. She has also been finalising RDA Brisbane’s Regional Roadmap 2011/12 review together with other committee members and staff. Harbinger Consultants was invited to develop the Regional Roadmap 2010/11 and this year Linda provided leadership to a Reference Group of the RDA to provide oversight and direction to the project. At the instigation of the Reference Group, the strategic framework for the Roadmap was refined as the Committee itself finalised the vision and mission. This meant building on the strengths of the existing document to chart a transition from the earlier version, as a loose network of regional development initiatives aligned to priorites, to a strategically designed program of regional development ends. Linda will also be participating in a Practitioner Panel Discussion at Griffith University next month to discuss the results of our recent survey about SEQ Community Attitudes to Consultation & Engagement.

We will also be attending an upcoming conference on Open Government Data on 23 September.  While not stated explicitly in the conference description, the benefits of open data for regional development are significant. The conference recognises that for governments worldwide the issue of Open Government data is a topic of current strategic interest. From emergency and natural disaster response management through health, education and the environment, to the development of new-data driven services and technologies, it it critically important to be able to obtain access to publicly funded data, in reusable formats.  The advantages of improved information flows are numerous, including informed policy development, better decision making, more transparent and participatory democratic processes, and enhanced research and cultural activity.

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