The SLAED Indicators Report for 2016-17 was published on 24 November. The report provides consistent data and evidence on what councils throughout Scotland are delivering as local economic development organisations. This is the fifth year that the SLAED Indicators Report has been produced and it assists in ongoing monitoring of performance and resource allocation within councils.
On 15 November, SLAED Performance Group members attended a workshop facilitated by the Local Government Benchmarking Framework. This was a learning event encouraging sharing of good practice and problem solving amongst economic development colleagues. Officers considered innovative approaches taken to enhance local economic outcomes and how inclusive growth could be better represented within the SLAED Indicators Framework.
SLAED held its second joint annual conference with the Economic Development Association for Scotland (EDAS) on 2 November. The theme was ‘Economic Development in a Time of Radical Uncertainty’ and featured speakers such as Keith Brown MSP, Cabinet Secretary for Economy, Jobs and Fair Work, Graeme Roy, Director at Fraser of Allander Institute and Dr Naomi Eisenstadt, Vice Chair of the Poverty and Inequality Commission for Scotland and Independent Advisor on Poverty and Inequality to the First Minister. The day was captured in a Storify report. The second day of the conference was for SLAED members only and provided an opportunity to consider the practicalities of what had been presented the previous day. Members considered strategic priorities and actions for SLAED to take forward to address the challenges and opportunities identified.