- Livestreamed event
- Held on Thursday 20 October
- 5.00 pm - 6.00 pm (AEDT)
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We discussed how local government can shape more resilient local economies and communities. This live streamed event is for professionals in local government or large institutions who want to learn – and do – more to progress economic and social wellbeing in their communities post-COVID.
Neil McInroy, a Senior Fellow for the Global Advancement of Community Wealth Building at The Democracy Collaborative, discussed practical actions for directing wealth into local communities through an exciting new people-centred approach to economic development.
An expert in regional economic development, housing policy, infrastructure funding and metropolitan governance, Dr Marcus Spiller, Principal & Partner at SGS Economics and Planning, shared insight on local infrastructure for enterprise and wellbeing.
Sushma Nagaraj, Local Employment Partnerships and Coordination Project Officer at Hume City Council, shared real-life examples of how Community Wealth Building has impacted the lives of community members in Hume.
Economist and geographer at SGS Economics and Planning, Thomas Walker, shared ideas on the relationship between local economic development and wellbeing by providing examples of his work with policymakers and giving insight into how economic opportunity can shape thriving economies.
This event was moderated by Liz Mackevicius, Senior Associate and Partner at SGS Economics and Planning.
Neil McInroy is a Senior Fellow for the Global Advancement of Community Wealth Building at The Democracy Collaborative – A USA based Research and Development lab. Neil is an economics of place specialist, policy thinker, practitioner and organisational leader, and over the last 25 years has worked extensively across UK, USA and internationally (including Australia and New Zealand), and has been commissioned and collaborated with a range of international, national, local governments and agencies. From 2000 until 2021 Neil was the Chief Executive of the Centre for Local Economic Strategies (CLES)- the UK national organisation for local economies.
Dr Marcus Spiller is a founding partner at SGS Economics and Planning. Marcus is formally qualified in commerce and urban planning. He has practised as a consultant for much of his career, though he has also worked as an academic, local government town planner, Ministerial Adviser and senior bureaucrat in State and Commonwealth Government agencies. He is an expert in regional economic development, housing policy, infrastructure funding and metropolitan governance. This includes writing and co-editing two books on urban management.
Sushma Nagaraj is the Local Employment Partnerships and Coordination Project Officer at Hume City Council. She has over 10 years’ experience in local government sector working in Community Grants, Economic Development, Early years and Community Development. Sushma’s interest in working with diverse communities comes from a desire to create positive change in people’s lives.
Thomas Walker is an economist and geographer at SGS Economics and Planning who works with policymakers to develop healthy and thriving communities – from economic opportunity and social infrastructure to building greater trust and reducing the impact on earth's natural systems. Thomas has a passion for building resilient communities in the face of a range of economic, social and environmental pressures.
Liz Mackevicius is an urban planner and public policy expert at SGS Economics and Planning with over 15 years of experience in land use planning, government advisory and strategy and policy development. Liz enjoys the complexity and challenge of regional metropolitan planning, open space planning and municipal markets.
This event is being held jointly by SGS Economics and Planning and LGiU Australia.
LGiU Australia is a local government think tank committed to an innovative and sustainable local government sector. As a member-led organisation, its purpose is to share ideas and best practices, encourage innovation and collaboration, and develop research that drives the sector forward. LGiU Australia is a partnership between SGS Economics and Planning and not-for-profit think tank LGiU.
SGS Economics and Planning is an urban and public policy consultancy and certified B Corp. We work so that all Australians can benefit from equitable and sustainable cities and regions. Our evidence-based insights help to understand how places and economies function, assess what projects and programs work, and plan future places and precincts.
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