6 May 2019
Central Otago District Council has adopted a five-year Economic Development Strategy. The 2019-2024 Central Otago Economic Development Strategy was endorsed at a meeting of Council on 10 April 2019.
It aims to ensure that Central Otago is a place of dynamic business, creative innovative talent and where locals and visitors come to experience our distinctive place – a world of difference.
Acting Economic Development Manager, Rebecca McElrea said that the Central Otago Economic Development Strategy is the result of many months of consultation and development. It includes consideration of 17 submissions following release of the final draft earlier this year.
"The 2019-2024 Central Otago Economic Development Strategy contains eight key objectives: improving connectivity and infrastructure, being business friendly, developing affordable, accessible and attractive places, protecting and enhancing the landscape and environment, supporting diversity of age, skills and activities, fostering a smart, progressive and collaborative district, increasing prosperity and well-being across the district, and supporting the visitor economy in alignment with the Tourism Strategy. The strategy provides a robust economic profile and strategic framework that will drive economic development in the district till 2024," she said.
An important part of the strategy is the recognition that while there are limits to what council can control or influence in terms of economic development within Central Otago, council is concerned with a full range of issues which affect the wellbeing of the district and its communities.
"The next step is to develop an action plan that will enable us to monitor and report against actions on a regular basis," Mrs McElrea said.
The 2019-2024 Central Otago Economic Development Strategy is available on Council's website at www.codc.govt.nz/publications/strategies/Pages/default.aspx