The case for growing regions – Up close and interactive
Monday 27 August 2012
On Thursday 30 August 2012 Regional Development Victoria hosted The case for growing regions forum to encourage people to stretch their thinking about the role that regions play, particularly regional cities, in the future growth of Victoria.
At the forum, a distinguished panel of national and international experts presented cutting edge research to more than 80 leaders from Victoria’s academic, business and government sectors. The panel was comprised of Dr Jose Enrique Garcilazo, Head of Unit for Rural and Regional Development with the Regional Development Policy Division at the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) along with leading public policy thinker Professor John Daley, Chief Executive Officer of the Grattan Institute and Andrew Tongue, Secretary of the Department of Planning and Community Development.
Following the three presentations, audience members had the opportunity to ask panelists questions and discuss with them the information they had just heard. The group discussed topics such as the importance of human and social capital, innovation, infrastructure and integrated planning to promoting regional growth.
For some audience members, the information shared was perhaps a validation of the work already underway while others were challenged by some of the research findings. Ultimately, the forum succeeded in its goal of bringing together a well-informed and influential group of people and challenge their way of thinking about the future of regional development across Victoria.
The case for growing regions forum was certainly an informative event for everyone who participated. Going forward, the outcomes from this interactive and engaging dialogue will help to inform Regional Development Victoria’s thinking and advice.