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Thursday, May 9, 2019
In our January update, we outlined the findings from the independent review of Bay of Connections (BOC), a review brought about after ten years of activity.
Since then, a small working group has led an engagement process with councils, economic development agencies (EDAs), business and iwi representatives.
The feedback from this engagement process has provided a general consensus that a regional economic development effort is required, both to ensure a regional overview of cross-cutting opportunities and challenges, and to connect more effectively with stakeholders.
As a result of these discussions, the working group has developed a set of recommendations regarding the potential form and function of a future regional development effort.
This includes providing the right support that local areas need, to help advance both local priorities and regional opportunities, so that our whole region can prosper. It is very much about taking a bottom up approach in helping councils, EDAs and industry to achieve tangible economic results that benefit us all.
It also includes a focus on a few key areas which impact us all, like the Māori economy, infrastructure and a low carbon economy, and a continued role for BOC acting to connect the region and help engage with government.
The working group have recommended the establishment of a new skills-based leadership group to provide insights and direction to the regional development team, including an independent chair. That group is intended to identify priorities and guide where the BOC programme can best add value to the work being done by stakeholders in the region.
These recommendations will be discussed at this week’s Bay of Plenty Regional Council (BOPRC) meeting on Thursday, 9 May 2019. You can read the working group’s recommendations and the supporting paper on the council agenda here.
Wednesday, September 19, 2018
Tapping into geothermal energy while providing a unique customer experience in a sustainable fashion has Sequal finding a niche in the sawn lumber export market.
Friday, August 10, 2018
The Bay of Connections FLAG members have wowed students on the first day of the Canvas Tauranga Careers Expo. Dubbed the Freight Logistics Industry’s Big Day Out a large number of students got up close and personal with freight logistics. Students have been able to get hands on experience including driving a truck under industry supervision.
Friday, August 3, 2018
Minister of Employment Willie Jackson announced at today’s Bay of Connections annual forum a further $3.08 million investment to tackle youth unemployment in the Eastern Bay of Plenty.
Wednesday, July 18, 2018
It has been a busy six months for Bay of Connections. Since the announcement of the Provincial Growth Fund earlier this year, we’ve been working hard to ensure the wider Bay of Plenty is in the best possible position to benefit from opportunities provided by the fund.
Planning is also underway for the Bay of Connections Yearly Forum, to be held in Rotorua on 3 August, while work has also commenced on the review of the Bay of Connections strategy.
I’d also like to take this public opportunity to thank Fiona McTavish, who has stepped down from her role as the Bay of Connections Management Group Chair, following her appointment as Chief Executive, Bay of Plenty Regional Council Toi Moana. Fiona made an immense contribution to Bay of Connections and she is set to do the same in her new role. Jacky James has agreed to take on an acting role as Management Group Chair for the next few months, and is already doing an outstanding job.