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Here are the presentations from the key speakers from the successful Catching the Tide conference held at Sandy Park on Wednesday 9th December.

Rob Hetherington – Overview of the Devon Economy

Nick Buckland – Knowledge Economy

Guy Jarvis – Broadband

Jamie Christon – Tourism

Karen Hooper – Skills and Employment

Devon County Council is hosting Catching the Tide a half-day conference taking place on Wednesday 9th December, to discuss the future opportunities and challenges for Devon.

We have exciting and wide-ranging keynote speakers, who will be able to provide an authoritative overview of their area of expertise, including: Jamie Christon, Acting Chair of Visit Devon and Nick Buckland, Board Member South West Regional Development Agency. There will also be a panel of industry experts to discuss your questions and contributions, including: Tim Jones, Devon and Cornwall Business Council and Matt Griffiths, School of Social Entrepreneurs.

If you have a question or contribution to make to the debate about future opportunities or challenges facing Devon now is your chance to be heard. Email us with your name, contact details and question to economy@devon.gov.uk

So you don’t miss out on this watch it live at www.devon.gov.uk on the day of the event. You can also follow the event on Twitter at http://twitter.com/devoncc

Place YOUR question in advance to the panel: If you have a question or contribution to make to the debate about future opportunities or challenges, now is the chance to get yourself heard – contact us with your name, contact details and question via email: economy@devon.gov.uk

Catching the Tide

Invitation

Wednesday 9th December
9.15 am – 1.00 pm
Sandy Park Conference Centre, Exeter, Devon, EX2 7NN

–   A lunch of Devon produce will be provided following the event   –

Following advance publicity I am pleased to invite you to this half-day conference to discuss the future opportunities and challenges for Devon. We have an exciting and wide-ranging panel of speakers who will be able to provide an authoritative overview of their area of expertise. There will plenty of opportunity for discussion too. As the programme is finalised we will publish details online at:www.devon.gov.uk/catchingthetide.

If you haven’t already registered your interest than perhaps we can encourage you to do so now.  Spaces are filling fast.

Place YOUR question in advance to the panel: If you have a question or contribution to make to the debate about future opportunities or challenges, now is the chance to get yourself heard – contact us with your name, contact details and question via email: economy@devon.gov.uk

For further information visit our web page at http://www.devon.gov.uk/catchingthetide.  We will be adding more information to the web pages in the lead up to the event. For directions to the Sandy Park Conference Centre see the attached documents.

Please register your interest by replying no later than Monday 23rd November 2009.  You may wish to forward this invitation to someone else in your organisation, but please be advised that places are limited.

I look forward to meeting you on the day.

Many thanks,

Keri Denton
Head of Enterprise and Skills
Devon County Council

Catching the Tide
Working to make a stronger Devon

As the UK prepares to emerge from recession, John Hart, Leader of Devon County Council, would like to invite you to an important conference to take a critical look at Devon as it plans for a post-recession future. Catching the Tide is an opportunity to find out and share information with knowledgeable experts on the opportunities and challenges facing Devon.

Devon County Council has called this conference as part of its commitment to working with partners, giving you the chance to input your views,
and to ensure we are ready to capitalise on the upturn whenever it happens – Catching the Tide.

The conference will focus on:

·    Highlighting the opportunities and threats to the future prosperity of Devon
·    Introducing the new Devon County Council strategic priorities
·    Offering an opportunity for you to share, comment and inform the Local Economic Assessment*
·    How can we ensure Devon’s communities Catch the Tide?

Catching the Tide will be taking place on Wednesday 9th December 2009 at Sandy Park Conference Centre, Exeter.

A formal invitation will be sent out at a later date, the purpose of this email is to make you aware of the event, but please feel free to respond to this email if you would like to attend.

*From April 2010 Devon County Council will have a statutory requirement to assess the county’s economy.

Question Time…

Substitute a Dimbleby with a Temperley, add five panel members from around Devon, and invite questions from members of the public – what have you got?  Question Time… Devon style!

The session will be chaired by Humphrey Temperley and will be part of the Weathering the Storm conference that we have arranged. The panel will be comprised of representatives from a variety of sectors around the county who wish to help Devon “weather the storm”. Panel members include:

  • Mary Quicke – Farmer and Cheese Maker
  • Tim Jones – Devon Economic Partnership
  • Nora Corkery – Citizens Advice
  • Virginia Pearson – Public Health for Devon
  • Diane Pedley – Action for Children

So all we need now are questions from members of the public… this is your opportunity to get your voice heard! Send us your question or comment to environment@devon.gov.uk or use our blog comments section

Please note that it may not be possible for all submitted questions to be put to the panel on the day. In this instance, we will look to select a range of questions that broadly cover all views and represent all interests. Furthermore, these will be included in the follow-up report, which will be posted on the Weathering The Storm website after the event.

In preparation for the Weathering The Storm conference, we have made the agenda available online as a downloadable PDF. Use this link to download the agenda yourself or it is also available on the main Weathering The Storm website at www.devon.gov.uk/weatheringthestorm.

The presentations should be interesting, as we’ve managed to get some influential speakers to the event – including representatives from the Bank of England, the South West RDA, the University of Exeter and the Homes and Communities Agency.  For some background info on each speaker, we have also made available the speaker biographies.