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Central Hawke’s Bay is experiencing a surge of positivity, with strong economic growth, population growth and a clear vision to deliver on its future prosperity.
Council has recognised the importance of Economic Development for the future social and economic well-being of the District, successfully securing funding from the Provincial Growth Fund to develop its first Economic Development Strategy and Action Plan.
This strategy sets out the key actions for us to support and accelerate economic growth for businesses, communities and tourism in the district. It is an ambitious programme, one which the Council and the community need to work together on, side by side. It is also not a static picture – we will monitor its implementation and adapt to opportunities and changes that arise, updating the action plan component annually.
The purpose of the strategy and action plan is to consider the district’s economic advantages and high productivity assets and attributes; including quality agricultural land, natural resources, temperate climate, central location, and an excellent transport network, including the Napier Port.
Council also intends to use the information for a range of other purposes, including:
The outcomes from this work will result in positive benefits for the community and include:
Attracting new business, growing existing business, and increasing productivity will create more jobs and a wider range of employment across different industry types.
Increased productivity is a contributor towards providing more and better paying jobs, thereby increasing the prosperity of employees and employers.
Diversification across a range of different industries protects the local economy against market shocks and increases economic resilience.
Employment enables members of the community to participate more fully in society. Regular income provides employees and their families with the ability to make lifestyle choices e.g. access to warm homes, participation in sports and recreation, leisure, food choices, health care.
Working together to achieve these outcomes
Partnerships are recognised as being vitally important for delivering on this strategy. While Council has a direct delivery role in a small number of the opportunities covered in the strategy. In most of them Council will need to partner with the community, hapū and marae, businesses, organisations, central government and other Councils to achieve the goals.
Council had a number of partnerships prior to the development of this strategy, and these will continue to be important. In many cases our recent work on associated projects has strengthened these partnerships – for example our working relationship with Te Taiwhenua o Tamatea on the Ngā Ara Tipuna initiative. We have also identified new partnership opportunities that can be leveraged for the benefit of our community – for example, connecting landowners to central government advisory and funding services in the Ministry of Primary Industries and Te Puni Kōkiri.
The most important partnerships for economic development purposes will be with industry and business in our district. Council’s role in these partnerships will range, for example, from facilitating networks and clusters, making information available, ensuring key infrastructure is in place, advocating on behalf of groups of businesses to regional and national bodies, to actively organising and promoting particular activities. We will rely on business to actively engage with us on economic development – telling us the key issues they need solving and how Council can assist given the range of tools we have available.
For more information, or for a hard copy of this strategy contact:
027 889 3482
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