the UK for securing economic growth, competitiveness and employment
globally. But it is what happens a local level that is going to have the
biggest impact on people's everyday lives.
This Local Government Association event on 17 June will look at the North-South Divide in the UK and how the location of highly skilled, intellectual jobs set
challenges for local authorities.
The findings of research commissioned by the LGA and conducted by the Local
Futures Group into the involvement of local authorities in the knowledge
economy will also be presented and will identify some key issues and future
strategies on the knowledge economy agenda at a local level.
The current climate sets many challenges for local authorities, varying from
over-heating economies, low wage economies and brain drains, to affordable
lifestyles for key-workers and rural renaissance opportunities.
Workshops at the event will focus on how local authorities are making links
between the need to foster knowledge economy enterprise as well as building
skills within the workforce; how local authorities are attempting to link
deprived areas or groups with new opportunities in the knowledge economy;
and the role of employers and trade unions in building the knowledge economy
at a local level.
Speakers at the event include: Mark Beason, director of innovation
economics at the Department of Trade and Industry; Mark Hepworth,
Local Futures Group; David Sparks, chair of the LGA's economic
regeneration executive; Nigel Summers, chief executive of Sandwell
MBC; Mick Burrows, director of culture and
community, Nottinghamshire CC; and Steve Scotland, head of
economic development, Camden LBC.
A copy of the programme for the event can be downloaded from the 'events
and meetings' section at www.lga.gov.uk