Events

Local Government Conference & Exhibition 2020

The key driver for the 2020 Local Government Conference is “The Future of Local Government.” which will identify the investment, actions and policies councils and their partners play in shaping the future of our communities, environment and economy.

The key driver for the Local Government Conference 2020 is “The Future of Local Government” which will identify the investment, actions and policies councils and their partners play in shaping the future of our communities, environment and economy.  What's to come in terms of the massive challenges, powers and transformations needed, in the complex future we face? With expectations on councils rising, the increased demands place huge resource burdens on the 11 councils, so innovation, transformation, new suppliers and relationships will be needed to meet our growth and efficiency challenges!

The conference offers a direct route to the leaders of the public sector in Northern Ireland; including central and local government departments, Permanent Secretaries, Mayors / Chairs and other decision-making elected members and public bodies. Working with NILGA, you will be able to promote your organisation in a highly professional, focussed environment, as well as being able to engage and network with members; senior officials, chief executives; local government suppliers & associates; senior civil servants, key business and investment partners and senior influencers from neighbouring jurisdictions.

Conference 2020 is regarded as a key event that promotes networking, the sharing of knowledge, skills and ideas. NILGA represents the ‘Voice of Local Government’ in Northern Ireland, this year with the direct involvement of SOLACE, the Chief Executives body and with participation from the 11 councils, political parties and many more.

Conference Costs

Delegates - Further information and booking form 

Main Conference ONLY - £99 +VAT                               

Main Conference & Gala Awards Dinner event - £145 +VAT

Local Government Awards Dinner ONLY - £60 +VAT    

Exhibitors - Further information & booking form 

Premier Exhibition Package £650 (+VAT)

Includes 2 exhibitor delegate places and 2 places at the Local Government Awards Gala Dinner (follows the NILGA Conference). 100 word insert and corporate logo in the conference brochure.

Charities/Voluntary & Environmental Organisation Package £360 (+VAT) (Registered Charities Only)

Includes 1 exhibitor delegate place and 1 Local Government Awards Gala Dinner (follows the NILGA Conference). 50 word insert and corporate logo in the conference brochure.

Sponsorship - Further information - Range of packages available, please contact Mark Maher at NILGA for further information m.maher@nilga.org

DRAFT LOCAL GOVERNMENT CONFERENCE AGENDA                                               

Conference host Mark Carruthers   

OPENING SESSION - NATIONAL, REGIONAL & LOCAL GOVERNMENT POLITICAL ADDRESS          

8.30

Registration and Networking  

9.30

Civic Welcome by the Host Council’s First Citizen                                                                               

Lord Mayor, Cllr John Finucane, Belfast City Council (Invited)

9.35

Political Keynote Addresses: National / Regional Government

NI Secretary of State (Invited) & Ministerial representative, Department of the Taoiseach (Invited)

9.55

NILGA & SOLACE Response / Address

NILGA President, Cllr Frances Burton, Mid Ulster District Council & SOLACE Chair, David Jackson, CEO, Causeway Coast & Glens Borough Council

SESSION 1 - OUR FUTURE ROLES: LOCAL LEADERSHIP STRENGTHENING DEMOCRACY – WHAT’S TO COME FOR COUNCILS?

10.10

Panel Debate & Interactive Session on:

Devolution / Powers & Resources of Councils / Dealing with Uncertainty & Instability / Community Led Service Design / Leadership, Skills & Performance

10.50

NILGA & SOLACE – Key Messages and Resolutions from Debate

11.00

Refreshment Break / Networking / Engagement with Sponsors / Exhibitors

SESSION 2 - OUR FUTURE ENVIRONMENT:  CLIMATE, COUNCILS AND COMMUNITIES                                                               

11.35

Climate Emergency - What is the role of local council frontline services? Future of Waste & Recycling, Sustainable infrastructure & Sustainable Transport

12.10

Q&A Audience & Panel Debate to include NILGA & SOLACE

12.40

Lunch / Networking / Engagement with Sponsors / Exhibitors

SESSION 3 – DELIVERED BY SOLACE - OUR FUTURE PLANNING: COUNCILS DRIVING TOMORROW’S COMMUNITY TODAY           

14.00

Planning – Building the Future while protecting the past, Planning our infrastructure & Place Shaping, The High Street, A Community Space

14.35

Policy Remarks – SOLACE and Q&A Audience & Panel Debate

15.00

Refreshment Break / Networking / Engagement with Sponsors / Exhibitors

SESSION 4  - OUR FUTURE ECONOMY:  PEOPLE & TECHNOLOGY IN CONCERT                                                                                                 

15.30

The 4th Industrial Revolution

Artificial Intelligence – reshaping local government services & Propelling world class firms

16.10

Q&A Audience & Panel Debate to include NILGA & SOLACE

16.40

Closing Keynote – Transforming Northern Ireland

An economy that works for everyone

17.00

Conference Sponsor & NILGA Delegates Prize Draw – Close

 NI Local Government Gala Awards - Commence 7.00pm – Dinner served from 8.00pm

 

 

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