Ms Jacki Dimond, NSW Manager of the Foundation for Rural and Regional Renewal is attending this year’s Australian Regional Development Conference, presenting “The role of philanthropy in creating strong local economies”.

Jacki Dimond

Every town or region is different but the challenges of building and sustaining thriving communities are similar, including attracting the right resources, managing volunteer fatigue, avoiding ‘brain drain’, addressing skills shortages and avoiding population decline and subsequent service loss.

But many communities are successfully tackling these challenges by driving economic development, with a little support from philanthropy. The tactics vary from job readiness programs and school-based training in agriculture for youth, community-driven art shows and farmers markets, creating social enterprises and running local leadership training, to region-wide marketing programs to attract new businesses and passing tourists.

When resources are limited but the community is passionate, this provides a blank canvas to be creative.

In this presentation, we will share practical examples of projects that have effectively supported, and even reinvented, their rural, regional and remote communities by establishing new economic development opportunities. We’ll also share what made the projects attractive to philanthropic partners.

Secure your spot at the 4th Australian Regional Development Conference and network with industry professionals to discuss the challenges, opportunities and future of Regional Australia.

The 2017 Conference will focus on issues surrounding the Economy, Planning, Environment and Community Development while considering the “State of the Regions Report” which called for support of regional economic development through diverse infrastructure investments determined by regional priorities in partnership with Local Government. 

There will be an extensive range of topics with over 50 Featured and Expert Presenters, Concurrent Sessions, Case Studies, Workshops and Poster Presentations.

Find out more about what’s on for this year here.