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.