Development Trusts NI will host a one day conference on the theme of 'Local Economy: Community Economy' on Thursday the 23rd March 2017. The conference proposition is that 'community development is economic development' and we need to explore its overlooked significance to the macro economy and the roles played by the public and private sectors. The conference will consider the challenges faced by local economic development and regeneration trusts, (third sector organisations) in responding to local need, in the delivery of public services and in shaping and making community places where market interventions are limited.
The conference will reflect on practice elsewhere and with video and personal contributors from NI and Great Britain will host two plenary debates:
1) Local Economy in Transition (Rob Hopkins - Transition Network, George Boyle - Fumbally Exchange)
2) Stimulating Local & New Interventions in Economic Development (Suzanne Wylie - CEO @ Belfast City Council, Neil McInroy - CEO @ the Centre for Local Economic Strategies (Manchester))
The conference will present delegates with an opportunity to participate in one of three seminars.
- Economic and social opportunities from an ‘inclusive prosperity’ approach to the health and social care sector (Delivered by Localise West Midlands and the New Economics Foundation)
- Commissioning, procurement and accounting for social value (Delivered by Belfast City Council and the Centre for Local Economic Strategies (Manchester))
- The transformative role of community anchor organisations in local economic resilience and how to 'Keep it Local' in commissioning and delivering public service (Delivered by Locality)
Further details to follow on confirmed speakers.