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Please join us as we welcome Victoria Governor Linda Dessau to Pittsburgh as she looks to showcase some of the key opportunities associated with her state’s innovation economy. Encompassing the city of Melbourne, the Australian state of Victoria is known for its thriving digital economy. With more than 6.4 million residents, Victoria’s economy is home to notable US companies such as Salesforce, Square, AWS, Pfizer, Moderna, Mars and Boeing.
Governor Dessau is looking forward to meeting members of Pittsburgh’s innovation economy to explore trade and direct investment opportunities. She will also discuss Victoria’s game changing $2 billion Breakthrough Victoria fund. Other key industries are listed below:
Who: Governor Linda Dessau
What: Australian Trade and Direct Investment Discussion
When: July 7th, 2022 | 4:00 p.m to 6:00 p.m.
Where: Pittsburgh Technology Council Offices, 100 S. Commons, Suite 172, Pittsburgh, PA 15212
Cost: No charge for Members of the Pittsburgh Technology Council
About Key Victoria Industries:
Health & Life Sciences: Victoria's healthcare sector is set to triple over the next decade. Victoria's healthcare system leads the way in developing improved national healthcare experiences. It is home to more than 300 healthcare companies, contributing AUD $36 billion to the economy and employing 12% of the state's population. Over half of Australia's publicly-listed life sciences companies are based in Melbourne. Victoria is also the nation's leading hub for health and medical research, consistently receiving more than 40% of Federal Government funding from the National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC). Victoria has world-class clinicians and researchers, supported by the infrastructure at its leading universities and research institutes: 11 teaching hospitals, 9 world-class universities, and highly regarded medical research institutes like CSIRO, BIO21, Doherty Institute, WEHI and Burnet Institute.
Agriculture: As Australia's largest exporter of agricultural produce, and home to a quarter of Australia's farm businesses, the Victorian Government is actively supporting industry and business to develop on-farm technology, food innovations and process efficiencies that will boost productivity and meet record supply demands across the sector. With a technology base that is contributing to a 20 per cent year-on-year growth in smart farming devices, Victoria's leading advances in digital agriculture innovations make it the perfect destination for the development of new and integrated systems. Victoria's agtech sector is at the forefront worldwide.
Infrastructure: As a rapidly growing city, Melbourne has extensive road and rail projects to transform the city for future generations. With AUD $109 billion announced in infrastructure projects and AUD $80 billion pipeline of major works already secured for the next decade, the Victorian Government is on the global hunt for innovation that delivers top value for both Victorians and investors.
Clean Energy: With a thriving renewable energy sector, abundant natural resources and a committed energy target, major opportunities exist in Victoria for global investors to launch profitable innovations that meet a 50 per cent clean energy target by 2030. Boosted by a $1.6 billion energy package designed to future expand renewable energy hubs and projects, Victoria's rapidly growing renewable energy sector is now harnessing global expertise to help create a decarbonized energy sector.
Aerospace and Defense: Victoria is Australia's state of defence industry excellence. Renowned for its advanced manufacturing, world-class research and development, and its highly skilled defence industry workforce, Victoria has proven expertise in delivering complex defence projects. Victoria's defence sector is an important part of the state's economy, contributing around $8.4 billion annually. The sector supports approximately 36,600 people and 6,300 businesses working in the supply chain to make equipment and provide services for defence activities.
UAV: Around 250 Victorian aerospace companies supply the Australian and global defence industry, offering military aerospace capabilities in: advanced composite materials and production, component design, testing and certification, simulation and modelling, UAS and guided weapons, manufacturing, software development, platform support and systems engineering, air traffic management systems, maintenance, repair and overhaul.
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