Key economic development projects lead the field

Monday, 23 September 2019

Two of the City of Greater Geelong’s key projects have been shortlisted for the 2019 Economic Development Australia Awards for Excellence.

The Agribusiness Strategy Implementation for the G21 Region and the Regional Industry Sector Employment program (RISE), both led by the City of Greater Geelong Economic Development team, have been selected as finalists from a record field of entries.

The Agribusiness Strategy Implementation project is up for the Economic Development Initiatives – Over 15,000 Residents award, highlighting programs or projects that have stimulated economic development activity and contributed to economic development in larger regions.

RISE is a finalist in the Community Collaboration in Economic Development award category. This award recognises community engagement and participation, extensive cross-community collaboration and community building efforts.

This is the second time the strength of the RISE collaboration has been acknowledged, with the program named as a 2019 Victorian Training Awards finalist for Industry Collaboration earlier in the year.

Both RISE and the Agribusiness Strategy Implementation project demonstrate the City’s expertise in leading collaborative programs to success and bring together an impressive list of stakeholders. The support of funding partner Gforce Community Fund, along with The Gordon, Master Builders Victoria, Urban Development Institute of Australia, Geelong Region Local Learning and Employment Network, Northern Futures, Whittington Works, Hamlan Homes, Dennis Family Homes and Lyons Construction, is integral to the delivery of the RISE program.

Similarly, the Agribusiness Strategy Implementation project has engaged the expertise of stakeholders including the G21 Geelong Region Alliance, Surf Coast Shire, Golden Plains Shire, Colac Otway Shire, Regional Development Victoria, G21 Agribusiness Forum, Geelong Manufacturing Council, Geelong Food Cluster and representatives of the agribusiness industry.

The two projects will be showcased in a special edition of the Economic Development Australia Journal as examples of outstanding achievement.

Find out more about RISE at, and learn more about agribusiness in the region at

Award winners will be announced on Thursday 24 October.

Economic Development Australia is the national peak body for economic development professionals. Its prestigious national awards program recognises Australia’s best economic development programs and partnerships, marketing campaigns, and the year's most influential leaders.


Jacqueline Brinkman, Chief Executive Officer, Economic Development Australia:

We had a record number of entries this year so to be named a finalist amongst such fierce competition is a considerable achievement.
The National Economic Development Awards for Excellence are a wonderful opportunity to recognise those teams and individuals around Australia implementing innovative tactics to drive economic prosperity within their communities.

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