The LG Professionals SA Economic Development Conference is the only economic development event in SA focussed solely on the needs of the local government sector. Our Economic Development Conference provides a forum for showcasing best practice, networking, collaboration and the sharing of ideas, across both rural and metro councils.

Local government’s role in supporting sustainable growth that drives community prosperity is well established. So too, are a number of the key challenges for community growth and prosperity. The structural issues for South Australian communities were highlighted at the 2021 Economic Development Conference, by the now deputy Premier of SA and Minister for Industry the Hon Susan Close MP and other speakers including economists, demographers and industry policy experts.

Global circumstances continue to reshape industries and communities but our capacity to respond is at risk due to structural issues in our economy.

These issues include:

  • Availability of skilled labor - the workforce of the future - to improve the productivity, complexity and resilience of industry and community;
  • Affordability and employment - housing and associated services to attract and retain critical workforce in re-shaped comunities;
  • Our lagging capacity for innovation - solving challenges in new ways, including climate adaption.

Attending this conference will ensure you are:

  • Equipped with the necessary knowledge and data from non-Council sources and experts to move forward (contextualised to the local government sector);
  • Informed as to how other Councils and organisations have approached challenges head on, with positive outcomes;
  • Stimulated through debate, sharing and activity among attendees ∴ Inspired to explore how local government can address structural issues in communities to build sustainable, prosperous communities of the future.

As part of the LGA’s advocacy work, examples of red tape which act as barrier or constraint to economic development are now being sought from councils. Discussion throughout the day will provide valuable opportunities for your voice to be heard about the barriers to progress, inefficiencies or challenges which hinder economic growth in your area. Recommendations to the LGA will be consolidated from this conference.

So, how are Councils in South Australia playing a role in this reshaping of industries and communities and how specifically are Councils addressing these common, consistent challenges associated with the re-shaping?

All local government professionals with an interest in, and responsibility for, the economic direction of their councils are encouraged to attend.

Who should attend?

  • CEOs
  • General Managers/Directors
  • Economic Development Staff
  • Business Analysts
  • Strategic Planners
  • Strategy Managers

Key Dates

The 2024 Economic Development Conference will be held on Friday 8 November 2024. Full details and program coming soon!


2023 program:



  Megan Down
  Manager - Events & Partnerships
  e: megan@lgprofessionalssa.org.au
  p: 08 8224 2088 

  Megan Hay
  Events Coordinator
  e: mhay@lgprofessionalssa.org.au
  p: 08 8224 2087


2023 Economic Development Conference 'Future Prosperity: Growing Local Economies'

On Friday 10 November 2023 we hosted nearly 80 attendees, representing 16 regional, 15 metro councils and one subsidiary, at our 2023 Economic Development Conference ‘Future Prosperity: Growing Local Economies’.

Thank you to our fantastic line-up of speakers who supported us to unpack how councils in South Australia are playing a lead role in reshaping industries and communities and inspired our attendees to explore how local government can address structural issues to build sustainable, prosperous communities of the future.
Greg JerichoJo PodoliakChris WoodSally Smith MPIA, Lee SauerwaldMaree Wauchope, James Miller from Adelaide Plains CouncilToby TerletJane JohnstonJohn HarryScott Perry and Sean Keenihan.

The day rounded out with a networking hour which saw connections established and deepened within the sector.

Thank you to our Principal Event Partner 
Norman Waterhouse for their support of this important event, and their commitment, dedication and passion for equipping the sector with the knowledge and inspiration to create thriving local communities. Thank you also to event supporter Economic Development Australia Limited (SA).

We look forward to seeing all local government professionals with an interest in, or responsibility for, economic development at this conference again next year.

Download the 2023 Conference Program.

Mailing Address: 148 Frome Street ADELAIDE SA 5000   Phone: 08 8224 2080   Email: admin@lgprofessionalssa.org.au

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