Economic Development

​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​Council has a str​ong interest in facilitating economic and business development within the district. Activity in this area is mandated by the Central Otago District Council 10-Year Plan 2018 – 2028​​, which signals that a vibrant economy will contribute to the prosperity and well-being of the community.

The Council’s effort in this area is resourced with one full time staff member (see contact details below). It is guided by the Central Otago Economic and Business Development Strategy, and the shared set of values on which the Central Otago regional identity is based.​​ Council's focus is ensuring the infrastructure and operating environment is in place that business needs to succeed. ​​

The economic development units from Otago's five local authorities, along with representatives from Otago Regional Council, have come together to form the Otago Regional Economic Development (ORED) Working Group to set a clear intent, and establish a sound basis, for ongoing collaboration.  The working group has developed the ORED Strategic Framework (June 2019) to support effective collaboration and help guide decision-making that is in the best interests of, and produces the best outcomes for, the Otago regional economy. 

Central Otago District Economic Profile​

The information at the links below, provided by economic analyst firm Infometrics, gives an in-depth description of the our district’s economic structure and performance, and a profile of our community based on census data for Central Otago. The economic profile site offers the ability to drill down into various towns and areas within our district. You can also compare our district’s data against the whole of the country and other regions.​  


Nick Lanham
Economic Development Manager
Phone: (03) 440 0664

Page reviewed: 03 Jul 2020 3:11pm