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State of the Cities – Unlocking the Data Conference

Posted in Events by Virginia on May 10th, 2009

This conference is aimed at achieving better City information on liveability, prosperity and environmental sustainability at the Federal, State and Local levels and within academia and the private sector. It is supported by the Major Cities Unit and colleagues in the other capital cities.

Event: State of the Cities-Unlocking the Data Conference

When: 27th May – 29th May.  Program available here.

Where: Yarra Room, Melbourne Town Hall, Cnr Swanston and Collins Streets, Melbourne

Register for the event here.  For more information, please visit the website.

Cities are at the heart of greater national prosperity – “capital cities contributed 78 percent of the nations growth between 2001 and 2006”, (Australian Council of Local Government). But cities face enormous economic, environmental and social challenges over the coming decade as they strive to improve their productivity, environmental sustainability and liveability. And city research data will be critically important for us to succeed…

How are we measuring our cities progress toward these goals and objectives?

What new things would be possible if we could improve the availability, quality and consistency of city data and information to all levels of government?

Where are the new and exciting opportunities for city research and how can we get started?

What could we achieve collaboratively that is beyond individual cities?

To inform and stimulate our thinking, we have invited a number of exciting international and national speakers including Kate Scrivens from the OECD, Dorte Ekelund from the Federal Governments new Major Cities Unit, Peter Newton from Swinburne University and Rob Knox from Mercer Human Resource Consulting Group. There will be a number of facilitated interactive sessions to share ideas and opinions. Conference social events will provide further opportunities to network with your colleagues, make new contacts and catch up with old acquaintances.

As organisers, we hope this conference will catalyse the establishment of a core city information resource and research network that will work collaboratively to unlock the data and raise the profile and capacity of city research. I urge you (and your colleagues) to attend the conference and to play a part in shaping this network.

Cities are at the heart of greater national prosperity – “capital cities contributed 78 percent of the nations growth between 2001 and 2006”, (Australian Council of Local Government). But cities face enormous economic, environmental and social challenges over the coming decade as they strive to improve their productivity, environmental sustainability and liveability. And city research data will be critically important for us to succeed…

How are we measuring our cities progress toward these goals and objectives?

What new things would be possible if we could improve the availability, quality and consistency of city data and information to all levels of government?

Where are the new and exciting opportunities for city research and how can we get started?

What could we achieve collaboratively that is beyond individual cities?

To inform and stimulate our thinking, we have invited a number of exciting international and national speakers including Kate Scrivens from the OECD, Dorte Ekelund from the Federal Governments new Major Cities Unit, Peter Newton from Swinburne University and Rob Knox from Mercer Human Resource Consulting Group. There will be a number of facilitated interactive sessions to share ideas and opinions. Conference social events will provide further opportunities to network with your colleagues, make new contacts and catch up with old acquaintances.

As organisers, we hope this conference will catalyse the establishment of a core city information resource and research network that will work collaboratively to unlock the data and raise the profile and capacity of city research. I urge you (and your colleagues) to attend the conference and to play a part in shaping this network.

Our speakers include:

Dorte Ekelund, head of the Major Cities Unit
Kate Scrivens from OECD in Paris
Prof Jane Marceau
Prof Peter Newton
Prof John Wiseman

Jon Ward of Toyota Corporation
Rob Knox of Mercers
Halvard Dalheim from Victorian State Government.

We look forward to seeing you in Melbourne in May!

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