DCLG infrastructure chief to speak at economic development event

Rachel Fisher, the head of infrastructure at the Department for Communities and Local Government's cities and local unit, is due to speak at a major economic development conference later this month.

Rachel Fisher
Rachel Fisher

This year's Institute of Economic Development annual conference, which takes place in London on 23 November, is taking "Achieving Sustainable Inclusive Growth for the Economy" as its theme.

Delegates will hear briefings from ministers and officials on key government policies intended to produce growth that is more regionally inclusive, such as the Northern Powerhouse and the industrial strategy.

Fisher will speak at a session which will look at the best ways to align affordable housing policy with economic and job growth. It will also examine the government’s housing white paper and how it sits with the government’s industrial strategy.

The conference will also include a session on how to make economic growth in your area more inclusive. Former RSA Inclusive Growth Commission leader Charlotte Alldritt will share insights on how to devise and implement inclusive growth strategies. Joseph Rowntree Foundation head of policy Katie Schmuecker will also lead a roundtable discussion on practical methods of ensuring inclusive growth.

Other speakers include Northern Powerhouse minister Jake Berry MP and Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy/Department for Communities and Local Government Cities and Local Growth Unit director Tom Walker.

Also appearing will be Times columnist Matthew Parris, former commercial secretary to the Treasury Lord O'Neill and former joint head of the government economic service Vicky Pryce.

Alongside discussions of the key issues facing the sector, the conference also an opportunity to network with economic development and regeneration professionals from across the country.

Key conference details

The IED Annual Conference

When and where: 23 November 2017, ILEC Conference Centre, London

Cost: IED members £249 plus VAT; non-IED members £299 plus VAT

For more details visit: economicdevelopmentconference.com

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