EDAS / SLAED Conference Report

Leading Economic Development Transformation - From National to Local 



EDAS / SLAED Conference 2016 - Storify Report and Presentations Available 

The Storify event report of the EDAS / SLAED Conference 2016 is now available. This includes presentations for download, a flavour of the social media interaction on the day, and the provisional "asks" of Scottish Government and the economic development community which were generated by conference workshops and discussion. The report can be viewed here: https://storify.com/edas_scotland/edas-slaed-conference-2016 

You can also view and download conference presentations below. 


Leading Economic Development Transformation - From National to Local 

On 1st December 2016, EDAS and the Scottish Local Authorities Economic Development Group (SLAED) hosted their first joint conference for those leading Scotland’s economic development. The conference was held in partnership with Aberdeen City Council. 

Set against a backdrop of economic and political change, the event brought 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 represented 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, attendees discussed, considered and contributed to policy and practice that supports effective local leadership for delivering economic development.

A first in Scotland, the conference drew together 100+ leaders from across public, private, voluntary, political and academic spheres relating to economic development decision making and implementation.

Speakers included: 

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

View conference programme


Presentations and Documents for Download 

EDAS and SLAED Introduction 

Will Hutton Presentation

Professor Andy Pike Presentation 

People, Place and Business Presentations

Long Term Transformational Change Presentations 

Phil Hall Presentation

Hull City Plan Annual Report