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Knowledge and skills are often talked about in terms of their importance to ...
Knowledge and skills are often talked about in terms of their importance to

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

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