Bay of Plenty Regional Council has endorsed a refreshed regional economic development framework.

Coined Bay of Connections 2.0, the new framework is designed to support local development opportunities, address cross-cutting regional challenges, and ultimately help the region advance.

The focus follows a review of the regional economic development strategy last year, and engagement with the region’s mayors, economic development agencies, business leaders and councils earlier this year.

Regional Council endorsed the establishment of a new skills-based leadership group, led by an independent chair, to provide insights and direction to the regional development team.

The group will help to identify priorities and guide where Bay of Connections can best add value to the work being done by stakeholders in the region.

The immediate task for Bay of Connections will be to engage with councils, economic development agencies and central government agencies on immediate areas of support for regional economic development.

Expressions of interest are now open for leadership group members. Links to reference documents are below.

Expressions of Interest

Terms of Reference

Approval of the independent chair and group members will be sought at the next Regional Council meeting on 27 June 2019. Once the chair is appointed, a business plan will be developed with input from stakeholders.