Economic and Business Development Strategy adopted

2/10/2013 7:00 a.m.

1 October 2013

The Central Otago Economic and Business Development Strategy 2013-2016 has been finalised and adopted by Council.

The strategy’s key purpose is to help the Central Otago community focus on issues that impact on our economic and social well-being, and to suggest some of the actions we can take over the next few years to address them.

Central Otago District Council Economic Development Manager Warwick Hawker said the draft strategy was developed following community workshops held around the district and the final strategy incorporates many of the words and sentiments of the community expressed during the submission period on the draft.

Changes incorporated into the final version include:

  • new wording to clarify the principles that guide the Central Otago District Council’s approach to economic and business development;
  • a point to highlight how the regional brand values provide a template for operating a business with the community in mind;
  • an overview of the resources and infrastructure that Central Otago can draw on to develop its economy; and
  • a paragraph that highlights the new and emerging business models and technologies that will influence
  • economic development in Central Otago in the years ahead.

The strategy contains an action plan grouped under the four headings of Business Development, Education, Visitors and Recreation, and Infrastructure and Business Support and it identifies those best placed to take the lead with the implementation of the key actions.

“This is a strategy the whole community needs to be involved in. Council is facilitating the implementation of the action plan but it requires a community effort and our community to really take ownership of it,” Mr Hawker said.

The strategy is available to download from our website and hard copies of the final strategy will also be available from Council service centres and libraries.

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