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Regional Growth Study News Update #6
Welcome to the latest Bay of Plenty Growth Study update.
Action plan nearing completion
The Regional Growth Study continues to gain traction across the region, as demonstrated by the 120 regional leaders and stakeholders that attended the validation forum on Tuesday, August 25 in Taneatua.
The draft actions for each of the nine focus areas were presented at the forum. Attendees were also asked for their feedback on the parties identified for implementation for each action, and who else may need to be involved.
The action plans, which include barriers to success, potential resources required and who needs to be involved, were developed by sector leads and relevant stakeholders. The focus areas came from the feedback provided by the region at the five workshops held in June this year.
Feedback from the Forum was positive and reinforced the regional leadership and ownership of implementing the RGS, and the focus on long-term sustainable growth.
The draft action plan and feedback from the validation forum will be presented to the RGS Governance Group within the next week. Soon after that meeting, the plan will be finalised and submitted to Ministers.
The action plan is expected to be launched in the region by Ministers sometime in October. The next phase – implementation – will start at the beginning of 2016.
How the next phase looks is yet to be confirmed. We will continue to keep you informed throughout the process.
It will be up to us, the region, to make growth happen, with central government playing a key facilitation role by removing legislative barriers and providing other support where possible.
As always, if you have any questions or comments, please do get in touch.
Cheryl Lewis (nee MacGregor)
Bay of Connections portfolio manager
Thursday, August 27, 2015