The Institute of Economic Development refers to itself thus:
Established over 30 years ago, the Institute of Economic Development is the UK’s leading independent professional body representing economic development and regeneration practitioners working for local and regional communities.
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As Wikipedia says:
IED was founded in 1986, largely to represent the interests of local authority economic development officers. The membership organisation is now one of the UK’s leading independent professional bodies representing economic development and regeneration practitioners working for local and regional communities.
Institute of Economic Development - Wikipedia
In other words, it's purpose is to promote the 'economic development' of its members - that is, local authorities.
It's just given a gong out to one of its own:
IED Annual Awards 2017: Exeter and Heart of Devon local authorities win ‘Most Innovative Strategy’ | IED - Institute of Economic Development
As reported with much fanfare by the District Council's press office:
East Devon, in partnership with three other Devon local authorities, win national ‘Most Innovative Strategy’ award
8 December 2017
Celebrating success – Exeter and Heart of Devon economic partnership members (from left) Chris Shears (Mid-Devon District Council) Rob Murray, (East Devon District Council) and Mo Gori-De-Murden (Exeter City Council).
Institute of Economic Development praise collaborative approach to growth and prosperity across four local authority areas
East Devon District Council, in partnership with three other Devon local authorities, has won the ‘Most Innovative Strategy’ award from the Institute of Economic Development (IED).
The council teamed up with Exeter City, Mid Devon and Teignbridge councils to produce the Exeter and Heart of Devon (EHOD) Shared Economic Strategy, which defines the joint growth ambitions of four local authorities and their collective aims to increase competitiveness and improve productivity in the area.
The 2017-20 strategy was launched last year after 12 months of planning where each local authority took ownership of one of four common economic initiatives: strategic planning (led by East Devon); business support and transformation (led by Mid Devon); inward investment (led by Exeter City); and employment and skills (led by Teignbridge).
The focus on collaborative working is already delivering tangible outputs for the local authority areas beyond what could be achieved in isolation – and this collective approach aligns with the national push for joint council working...
8 December 2017 - East Devon, in partnership with three other Devon local authorities, win national ‘Most Innovative Strategy’ award - East Devon
This begs several questions:
Does 'joint council working' mean a unitary authority for Devon?
Futures Forum: Rethinking devolution > abolish district councils
Futures Forum: 'The Christchurch question' >>> 'Austerity has made local government financially unviable. Radical reorganisation may be the only answer.'
Futures Forum: Dorset going unitary 'will help protect the frontline services' >>> 'Economies of scale now seem to require mergers or abolition of districts.'
What are the effects on 'devolution deals'?
Futures Forum: The Devon/Somerset bid for devolved powers and funds > unrealistic, not credible and needing to explain a lot more
Futures Forum: Exeter, Devon and devolution: "We could welcome devolution – but only once you know what any benefits are."
Where does Exeter fit into all of this: or, rather, where do we fit into Exeter?
Futures Forum: Greater Exeter by stealth
Futures Forum: Greater Exeter forges ahead as "the epicentre of the Heart of the South West Local Enterprise Partnership"
Futures Forum: Exeter and a 'super council' >>> "Any new proposals for local government must be fully consulted on and that whatever structure emerges must be transparent and accountable to local people."
Futures Forum: The Greater Exeter Visioning Board: and quietly pushing into East Devon
And can this really 'improve productivity in the area'?
Futures Forum: Can the Devon/Somerset Local Enterprise Partnership 'double' the regional economy in 18 years?
Futures Forum: The 'vision' of higher productivity and economic growth in Devon "bears little relation to reality"
Futures Forum: Devolution proposals for Devon and Somerset >>> "focusing on delivering improved productivity" or "an unelected, one-party combined authority"?
Finally, though, what's it all about?
Futures Forum: "The solely economic focus of devolution – and the corresponding lack of attention to the democracy of devolution."
Futures Forum: Devolution, tourism and misplaced priorities in East Devon