Published 28 September 2017 @ 09:27

“Local Enterprise, Global Reach” Sustaining Communities & Strengthening Democracy through Councils Thursday 12th October 2017, La Mon Hotel, Castlereagh.

The Northern Ireland Local Government Association (NILGA) Annual Conference, Exhibition & Gala Awards Dinner will be held on the 12th October at the La Mon Hotel, Castlereagh, chaired by the BBC’s Noel Thompson.  Conference will identify the key role councils play in supporting communities and the Northern Ireland economy – a role which will undoubtedly grow in the future.   Councils invest £1 billion per annum in our local communities. In this new era of politics, councils sustaining good governance and co-ordinating our public services will sit alongside new, exciting investment and enterprise initiatives. 

Derek McCallan, NILGA Chief Executive said: 
“Local councils are essential to strengthening Northern Ireland at home and abroad. It is therefore fitting that “Local Enterprise, Global Reach” is our Conference title and we are delighted that our key partner, Invest Northern Ireland has become primary sponsor of this year’s flagship event. 
“All 11 councils are ambitious and locally focussed, yet also have new powers which enable them to be the hub of the economy and the community. It is time that councils were considered not just the backbone of the community in terms of essential public services and social cohesion, but are also part of a new Northern Ireland, where local people and local government is working in a new framework of place based decision making.
“Strengthening democracy and the economy in Northern Ireland needs more momentum - Conference 2017 is just the ticket. This event opens the door to practical and innovative strategic partnerships, which will be harnessed through our 11 council’s global enterprise ambitions, for the local people they are rightly proud to serve.” 
Stephen Wightman, Head of Business Solutions Development & Compliance, Invest NI said: “NILGA was instrumental in bringing the European Entrepreneurial Region Award to Northern Ireland in 2015 and is a key enterprise partner. The themes of this conference align closely with the priorities identified in Invest NI’s Business Strategy 2017 - 2021. We want to make Northern Ireland the best region in which to start, and grow, a business. Northern Ireland has a thriving business community and a supportive environment where Invest NI and Councils are among the many providers of support for economic development. In addressing barriers to growth faced by business, we will continue to work closely with partners on aspects of delivery and will align our resources to where they will make the greatest impact.”
Places at this event are limited, if you have not yet booked we would encourage you to confirm your place by contacting Kelsey McQuaid at the NILGA office – or 028 9079 8972.
Editorial Notes:
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Confirming details of the 2017 NILGA Annual Conference supported by the Invest NI are (L to R) Host Noel Thompson - BBC, Derek McCallan - NILGA Chief Executive and Stephen Wightman - Head of Business Solutions Development & Compliance, Invest NI. The NILGA Annual Conference will be held on the 12th October 2017, at the La Mon Hotel, Castlereagh.
The Northern Ireland Local Government Association is the representative body for the 11 councils in NI. Its Office Bearers are drawn from the five main political parties – Ald Freda Donnelly (DUP), Cllr Seán McPeake (Sinn Fein), Ald Arnold Hatch (UUP), Cllr Dermot Curran (SDLP) and Ald Alan McDowell (Alliance). NILGA’s all council Executive is a regional body which works in partnership with councils to ensure local government’s best interests are considered in decision making by Central and Regional Government, as well as investment partners and the EU. 
Invest Northern Ireland
As the regional business development agency, Invest NI's role is to help create wealth for the benefit of the whole community. We are part of the Department for the Economy and provide strong government support for business by effectively delivering the Government’s economic development strategies. We support business development, help to increase productivity and export levels, attract high quality inward investment, and stimulate a culture of entrepreneurship and innovation. We help businesses succeed through a combination of financial support, tailored guidance and information. We work in partnership with Councils and many other organisations across Northern Ireland.