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									            Institute of Economic Development
                      Midlands Branch
                  Newsletter : April 2009



DEVELOPMENT AND ENTERPRISE
Urban regeneration projects costing hundreds of millions of pounds used to be
considered to be big budget projects, but can now be compared with the billions
needed to bail out banks ‘too big to be allowed to fail’. We are all getting used to
a new situation. The damage done by incentivising short-term gain for
investment banks, and the poor regulation that allowed it, will take some time to
repair. The price is being paid by long-term savers, and soon by the general
taxpayer.

The financial meltdown of the last few months has affected the whole economy
and impacted on the public and private sector alike. It has to be hoped that the
work of those engaged in economic development is allowed to be a central part
of the recovery.

As the government expands the money supply, the important action now will be
for national and local government to bring forward development and enterprise
projects, to raise employment and economic activity. If this happens across the
major economies at the same time its positive impact will be greatly increased.



MEETINGS
Thanks to all those who attended the events last year in Derby and Daventry. Plans
for 2009 are described below.

I am delighted to say that all committee members have indicated their willingness to
continue for another year.


BLOG
For members not able to attend meetings, it is difficult to keep in touch. On behalf
of the Midlands Branch I have set up a blog (internet based diary/notice board) on
which I am hoping to include occasional articles, general information, and a
commentary on economic development. Members can debate issues by posting their
own replies or entries. Please let me know what you think.

The web address is MichaelByrne.blog.co.uk




Michael Byrne Midlands Branch Chairman
m.byrne@birminghamchamber.org.uk
0121 607 1880
MIDLANDS IED EVENTS 2009
The following three events have been arranged to provide continuing professional
development (8 hours verifiable) and a networking opportunity to meet other members and
enter into discussions. All events feature a walking tour of relevant sites.




Wednesday May 20th at 2.45

            The role of Education in Economic Development
            Staffordshire University, Stoke on Trent.

            Val Tomlinson Learning & Skills Council
            Helen Pegg Stoke Sixth Form College



Thursday July 9th at 12.30

            Economic Development in Corby
            Corby, Northamptonshire.

            Peter Rugeryi

            Followed by AGM




Autumn Meeting (date and time to be confirmed)


            SILVERSTONE

            James Cushing

            Programme to be announced




Admission to all three events will cost a single fee of £25 to contribute towards
expenses, payable by all members in full-time employment. Bookings must be
made by 15th May. Please use the form below.
                                     Booking Form

I wish to book for the series of events in 2009 by the Midlands Institute of Economic
Development.

I enclose a cheque for £25 payable to Advantage Promotions
(members or guests not in full-time employment/business - Free)


Name ……………………………………………………………………….

Job Title/Organisation………………………………………………………

Your address………………………………………………………………...
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Postcode……………………………………

e-mail address………………………………………………………………

Telephone No………………………………………………………………

Please send this form and a cheque payable to Advantage Promotions for your booking fee
(unless exempt) by post to;

Advantage Promotions
52 Harleston Road,
Great Barr,
Birmingham.
B44 8RR.

Please note that the date, timing, number and content of events may be subject to change
beyond our control. Full details of agenda, venue and parking arrangements will be
provided before each event.

								
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