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New Zealand's international reach is 'set to expand'

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Economic Development NZ (EDNZ) and the US-based International Economic Development Council (IEDC) are to sign a memorandum of understanding (MoU) that will create unprecedented economic development ties between their respective countries, organisations and membership. EDNZ and the IEDC share a similar purpose to provide leadership and excellence in economic development for the benefit of members and communities.

"The IEDC has over 5000 corporate and individual members world-wide so this will provide New Zealand and EDNZ with unprecedented international reach," said Dr David Wilson, Chair of EDNZ.

The MoU will connect New Zealand with economic development practitioners from across the globe and provide EDNZ with the opportunity to contribute to the world-wide development of the economic development profession via projects, capability building and annual conferences that push the envelope on contemporary practice and economic development issues.

"This is a first for New Zealand that marks a watershed in the advance of the practice in New Zealand and the sharing of expertise and experience amongst a global network," said Dr Wilson. The MoU will be signed by the Chairs of EDNZ and the IEDC at the IEDC conference in Atlanta, Georgia on October 2. Craig J. Richard, Chair of the IEDC and CEO Tampa Hillsborough Economic Development Corporation Tampa, Florida, will then follow up the partnership speaking at the EDNZ Conference in the Bay of Islands on the October 19.

During his time in the US Dr Wilson will also speak at the IEDC Annual Conference on digital connectivity.

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