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Regional Growth Study News Update #1
Welcome to the first fortnightly update on the Bay of Plenty Regional Growth Study and the development of its supporting Action Plan.
The Regional Growth Study was officially launched in Mt Maunganui on Tuesday 12 May, with more than 150 people attending, including five Government Ministers, five Mayors, business people, Māori representatives, local Government councillors and officials, media and many more in attendance.
The launch served to reinforce the region’s competitive advantages and opportunities, highlighting the potential of the primary sector, manufacturing and tourism industries in particular to grow the region, underpinned by the Māori economy. The launch also highlighted the Government’s interest in the Bay of Plenty, a level of involvement that will continue through the next phase of the Bay of Plenty Regional Growth Programme.
Click here to view a copy of the Regional Growth Study.
The next step is for the region to develop an Action Plan setting out how the opportunities identified in the Study can be implemented, so that the region has the best chance of improving its growth prospects. An Action Group has been established to drive this development, overseen by an extended Bay of Connections Governance Group that includes Mayors Chadwick, Crosby and Forbes. These groups form a subset of the Bay of Connections portfolio and will be dis-established at the completion of the Action Plan. Implementation of the actions will form the next phase.
The development of the action plan will involve engagement with businesses and industry across the region at workshops in each of the sub-regions in mid-June, as well as a specific Māori stakeholder hui. The draft Action Plan will then be presented to a final stakeholder engagement hui before it is finalised for Ministers.
More information on the workshops will be available in the coming week.
We will be keeping you up to date with the latest developments on the Study and its Action Plan through this fortnightly newsletter, updated information on www.bayofconnections.com, the Bay of Connections Linked In page here and through the region’s EDAs and Councils. You can also contact us and provide input here. We look forward to staying in touch.
Regards, the BOP Economic Action Plan Project Team
Monday, May 18, 2015