External Event: EDAS / SLAED Annual Conference 2016


EDAS and the Scottish Local Authorities Economic Development Group (SLAED) host their first joint conference for those leading Scotland’s economic development. The conference is being held in partnership with Aberdeen City Council.

Set against a backdrop of economic and political change, the event will bring together senior professionals from across sectors to discuss how national strategic aims are delivered locally to maximum impact.

With change across a range of scales, including Brexit, extra Holyrood powers, the agencies’ review, budgetary challenges and City Region Deals, the conference represents a timely and important opportunity for leaders in Scotland’s economic development community to come together to collectively consider this changing landscape and shape common action.

With insightful and engaging speakers from within and out with Scotland, you will discuss, consider and contribute to policy and practice that supports effective local leadership for delivering economic development.

A first in Scotland, the conference offers prime networking through EDAS and SLAED networks, drawing 100+ leaders from across public, private, voluntary, political and academic spheres relating to economic development decision making and implementation.

A joint dinner takes place on the evening of 1st December.

Douglas Fraser (Conference Chair), Business and Economic Editor, BBC Scotland Paul Wheelhouse MSP, Minister for Business, Innovation and Energy, Scottish Government Councillor Jenny Laing, Leader, Aberdeen City Council Will Hutton, Principal, Hertford College, University of Oxford Jennifer Craw, Chief Executive and Board Director of Opportunity North East, and Chair of Robert Gordon University