Five local councils are banding together to take on international commodity markets in a bid to drive up regional investment and grow local economies.
Namoi Unlimited, made up of Tamworth, Gunnedah, Walcha, Gwydir and Liverpool Plains councils, have partnered with the state government to bring a one day workshop to teach locals more about exporting and international markets.
Amazingly the organisation has recruited international business strategist and author Cynthia Dearin, of Dearin and Associates, as the guest speaker.
Namoi Unlimited chair, and Gunnedah mayor, Jamie Chaffey said the workshop is a great opportunity to hear first hand from someone who operates daily within international markets.
"Cynthia has more than a decade of experience in international markets and now has a team of people located in Australia, San Francisco and Chennai with associates in the UK, Austria and the UAE," he said.
"Businesses, producers, farmers and entrepreneurs in the New England North West are invited to learn more about exporting and international markets."
The workshop is the result of a report from the Regional Institute of Australia, which aimed to "understand how to grow the economy of the Namoi."
"That report provides evidence that, if, as a group of councils there was a collective focus to understand the impact of global commodity markets, create relationships with international markets for export, attracting investment on the right terms, and with brand Namoi NSW - the economy could grow significantly," Mr Chaffey said.
The workshop is being held at the Tamworth Golf Club on Thursday May 2.