Innovation summits to drive economic growth

Redland City Council in South East Queensland is hosting a series of summits to investigate local innovation and encourage future leaders.

Redland City Mayor Karen Williams said the first summit would target local youth as recommended in a report from the Redland City Economic Development Advisory Board.

“This will be the beginning of a conversation about how we as a city can be more innovative and grow our economic opportunities through it,” she said.

“Redland City has some very talented and innovative people and these summits will be a chance to hear from them and harness their expertise in this area.

“One opportunity that will be explored through this summit will be establishing an innovation hub in the Redlands, a place where local innovators and businesses can meet and grow their ideas.

“We want to not only engage our current innovators but also our future business leaders, which is why the first summit will specifically target local youth.

“Currently our biggest export is our young people who have to leave the city for opportunity and I am committed to halting this trend by building economic opportunities locally.

Mayor Williams said the youth summit would be run by local youth, with buy-in from local business and industry.

“This summit won’t be a Council event, it will be run by local youth because they are the ones who will benefit from growth in innovation and they are the ones already doing amazing things in this space.

“The summit will feature the Redlands best and brightest young innovators including Economic Development Advisory Board member Jordan Duffy, which no doubt will be exciting in itself considering what he has achieved in the innovation space as a young entrepreneur.”

Jordan said he was looking forward to hearing from local youth about innovation opportunities in the city.

“The Redlands has some very energetic and driven young people and this summit will be an opportunity to hear their ideas and how as a community we can turn those ideas into reality,” he said.