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EDA national economic development education and training program launching soon

Posted May 21, 2020

SGS Economics and Planning EDA Training Course

A critical time for economic development professionals to build knowledge, skills and capacity.

Following extensive membership surveying, stakeholder engagement, an expression of interest and business planning process, Economic Development Australia (EDA) engaged SGS Economics and Planning to develop the suite of modules and resources for their new National Economic Development Education & Training Program.

The national training program will teach participants how to boost city or regional competitiveness through developing winning strategies and resilience, analysing economic data, attracting business, fostering collaboration and industry development and tracking and measuring economic outcomes.

With the recent economic impact of multiple crises, it's a critical time to develop professional capacity said EDA CEO Jacqueline Brinkman.

SGS Economics and Planning Jacqueline Brinkman CEO EDA
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In light of the economic impact of the bushfire disaster, an extended drought and COVID-19, the role of economic development professionals has never been more important. The Board of EDA is committed to supporting the profession by building knowledge, skills and capacity, while raising visibility and awareness of the sector.

This is a milestone for EDA and the economic development profession. Economic development professionals are delivering the jobs, growth and economic resilience agenda for communities across Australia. We are proud to be in a position to deliver a professional, capacity building training program for the sector, at such a critical time.

— EDA CEO, Jacqueline Brinkman

Program delivery

The national training program will deliver the core principles of best practice economic development and will launch in the coming months through on-line platforms and face to face, as social distancing restrictions ease. The national training program offers a great opportunity for professionals throughout Australia said SGS National Leader for Economic & Social Analysis, Terry Rawnsley.

SGS Economics and Planning Terry Rawnsley

There has never been a more important time to enhance our understanding of local economic development. This training provides a tremendous opportunity for economic development professionals throughout the country.

— Terry Rawnsley

Program streams

The program will feature two streams:

  1. EDA Economic Development Professional Accreditation Stream
  2. EDA Economic Development Elected Official and Community Leader Stream

1. EDA Economic Development Professional Accreditation Stream

This course is designed for economic development professionals and will deliver the core principles of best practice economic development. It is suitable for experienced and emerging economic development professionals.

CORE MODULES

Module 1.1 – A national and global overview of best practice economic development principles
Module 1.2 – Strategic planning for economic development
Module 1.3 – Measuring and evaluating economic development
Module 1.4 – Economic resilience and recovery

ELECTIVE MODULES

Module 2.1 – Business development, retention and expansion
Module 2.2 – Industry clusters to build competitiveness
Module 2.3 – Building partnerships and advocacy
Module 2.4 – Investment attraction and export development
Module 2.5 – Industry development

2. EDA Economic Development Elected Official and Community Leader Stream

This course is designed to provide Local Government leaders with a deeper insight into the core principles of economic development to drive economic development strategies for their city or region.

CORE MODULES

3.1- Understanding the economic landscape of your community
3.2 – Planning economic success for your community
3.3 – Leading recovery and building economic resilience for your community
3.4 – Be a champion

EDA National Training Program
SGS Economics Planning Terry Rawnsley
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Terry Rawnsley

National Leader for Economic & Social Analysis | Principal & Partner

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SGS Economics Planning Bethanie Finney
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Bethanie Finney

Senior Consultant

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SGS Economics Planning Marcus Spiller
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Marcus Spiller

Principal & Partner

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