England & Wales

Free webinar (members only): Local authorities and economic development in 2013 – can local dynamism counter a national low growth economy?


David Marlow the author of our recent briefing, Local authorities and economic development in 2013 – can local dynamism counter a national low growth economy? will present a free webinar for LGiU members.

The briefing provided a broad overview of government’s approach to local economic development (LED) and its implications for local authorities in 2013/14 and beyond. Topics discussed included:

  • Government’s own ‘mid-term review’ of LED developments and priorities for the remainder of this parliament
  • The recently published sub-national economic data
  • LEPs, city deals, and the Heseltine proposals for enhanced devolution and decentralisation
  • Options for financing and resourcing LED interventions
  • How local authorities engage with and influence key stakeholders and role players in local growth
  • The major considerations and a checklist of ‘big ticket’ items that will face local authorities during 2013/14 in the growth and development arenas

The webinar will give participants an opportunity to hear directly from the author about the issues and there will be the chance to ask questions.

Technical information

This free event is only open to LGiU members. Places must be booked by clicking on the link above. You will be sent a link to join the webinar closer to the time.

Please make sure you have access to fast reliable internet (preferably broadband). You are also advised to have a pair of headphones to ensure you can hear the event clearly.


David Marlow is a development economist with a 25 year public service career culminating in eight years as CEO of a metropolitan local authority and latterly a RDA. Since 2008 he has assisted local authorities, LEPs and partners with a range of economic and leadership development challenges. In 2012 he produced LGIU briefings on city deals, community budgets, industrial strategy, national statistics and census 2011, and elected mayors. His current portfolio of work includes assisting a number of wave two city deal authorities, undertaking the first national survey of all 39 LEPs, and working on the application of ‘smart specialisation’ as the innovation component of the next round of EU structural fund programmes.

Who should attend?

This event is for councillors and employees at LGiU member organisations only.