Conference at USC to help Coast ‘take action’

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Conference at USC to help Coast ‘take action’


Published on 25 September 2014

A major annual conference to be hosted by USC on Friday 7 November aims to help the region act on critical issues affecting its future, focusing on business, community, education and health.

“Taking action” will be the theme of this year’s Sunshine Coast Futures Conference, to be held at the USC Innovation Centre from 8am to 4pm.

More than 200 delegates, including decision-makers, academics, professionals and industry representatives, will examine four key topics at the interactive conference:

  • business and investment (how to attract capital and foster innovation in an economy dominated by micro and small business);
  • population and community (the role of demographics and their impact on productivity);
  • education and training (how to create workforce readiness through education and training);
  • health and wellness (the realities of population wellness in the region).

Delegates can nominate their seating preference among the panellist-led tables.

USC Pro Vice-Chancellor (Engagement) Professor Mike Hefferan said the program would start with Sunshine Coast Mayor Mark Jamieson, followed by keynote speaker Professor Ed Morrison, from Purdue University in Indiana, USA.

“Professor Morrison will discuss how collaboration can move ‘big picture’ strategies along. He believes, now more than ever, regions need to act strategically,” he said.

“Professor Morrison has seen regions transform through common sense collaboration – focusing more on facts and less on politics and personalities.”

Professor Hefferan said delegates would have access to the latest in research and case studies and use real-time response technology to participate in discussions.

“They will have the opportunity to contribute to strategic decision-making and impact the region’s economic development,” he said.

Early bird registration is open until Tuesday 7 October.

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