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Tuesday, September 1, 2020 Read and add comments (0) *}
Expressions of interest are being sought for an Independent Chairperson of the Bay of Connections Leadership Group.
Saturday, April 18, 2020 Read and add comments (0) *}
A collaborative and unified regional development plan will be critical to ensure a strong and sustainable recovery from COVID-19.
Thursday, December 12, 2019 Read and add comments (0) *}
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Friday, May 24, 2019 Read and add comments (0) *}
Bay of Plenty Regional Council has endorsed a refreshed regional economic development framework.
Thursday, May 9, 2019 Read and add comments (0) *}
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.