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Redland Economic Development Advisory Board appointments

Two more highly credentialled business leaders have been appointed to Redland City’s Economic Development Advisory Board.

Redland City Mayor Karen Williams said today the latest appointments – young achiever Jordan Duffy and national publishing executive Jerry Harris – added to a very deep and diverse pool of experience on which the board could draw.

“Their knowledge and expertise will assist the board greatly in driving the development of Redland City’s key industry and employment growth sectors,’’ Cr Williams said.

“These are people who know what it takes to be successful and, most importantly, how local enterprises can harness changes in technology and become part of the digital future.’’

Board chair Samantha Kennedy said Mr Duffy brought technological savvy, entrepreneurial flair and enthusiasm to the board.

“At age 21, Jordan is an extraordinarily high achiever who brings plenty of creative energy to the board, with extensive knowledge in the start-up and small businesses, ’’ she said.

“Jordan also has been recognised nationally for his innovative programs to manage technological change and is a champion of emerging technology at corporate level.

“This Inspirational Redlander award winner and Young Australian of the Year finalist has been forging ahead in business since starting his first enterprise at just 14.’’

Mr Duffy  has also been involved in collaborations with the G20, United Nations Development Program, International Labour Organisation and the Australian Information Industry Association.

Ms Kennedy said Mr Harris, the former managing director of Newscorp Australia’s publishing business, added extensive experience in the media, particularly the creation of digital businesses.

“Jerry has built a strong resume from 30 years of strategic and operational decision-making with one of the world’s largest companies,’’ Ms Kennedy said.

“His financial skills have been honed managing a nationwide network of print and digital assets and he brings considerable expertise in dealing with complex, high-end risk and compliance issues.’’

Mr Harris was a member of the News Limited, Queensland Newspapers, The Herald and Weekly Times, Advertiser Newspapers and Community Newspapers boards until last year.

They join noted business leader Dr John O’Donnell, the former CEO of the Mater Misericordiae Health Service Brisbane, and education specialist Catherine O’Sullivan, the Pro Vice Chancellor Partnerships and Pathways at Bond University.

The board reports to Council and includes representatives from industry and employment growth sectors identified in the Redland Economic Development Framework adopted by Council last year.

Economic Development Framework adopted

As part of ongoing planning for the city’s future, Council has recently adopted an Economic Development Framework to help chart a course for the city over the next 25 years.

The framework is intended to deliver real and achievable outcomes through action plans designed and delivered by business leaders.

Council’s Open for Business approach already successfully encourages investment, capacity building and reduced barriers to new and growing business.

Working directly with business and industry representatives, the Economic Development Framework will aim to leverage the Redlands’ enviable lifestyle, location and existing industry sectors base.

Redland City Mayor Karen Williams has said the best people to drive business growth in the Redlands are the business owners themselves.

Helping to achieve this will be the Framework recommendation for the establishment of an Economic Development Advisory Board.

The Board will include representatives from construction, education and training, professional services, healthcare and social assistance, manufacturing, retail, rural and tourism industries identified as key growth sectors for the Redlands.

The framework argues for business investment, industry value adding and opportunities for regional exports from the Redlands, pointing out the city is ideally situated on the door-step of Australia’s third largest city with easy access to a major port and international airport.

Building on strong partnerships the framework estimates will help contribute to the achievement of targets for an extra 30,000 to 40,000 new jobs and an increase in the city’s gross regional product to between $6.8 billion and $8 billion by 2041.