First, the suits killed the city with a stadium and built up massive council debt. Now, they want your gold fillings —and your water.
The Dunedin Economic Development Strategy is a 10-year blueprint for increasing incomes and job opportunities for Dunedin residents. It was created from a partnership between the Dunedin City Council, the Otago Chamber of Commerce, the Otago Southland Employers Association, the Otago Polytechnic, the University of Otago and Ngāi Tahu.
The Strategy was adopted in September last year, and it will be showcased at an invitation-only event this evening at Otago Settlers Museum.
The showcase provides an opportunity to update local businesses and other organisations on what has happened since the Strategy was adopted and how they can play a part.
Speakers at the showcase event will include Minister for Economic Development Steven Joyce, MacDiarmid Young Scientist of the Year 2008 Dr Rebecca McLeod and DCC Chief Executive Paul Orders.
The Strategy sets out five themes: business vitality, alliances for innovation, a hub of skills and talent, linkages beyond our borders and a compelling destination.
Project teams are busy working on actions to support these themes. The work includes better support for exporting, Project Shanghai and further developing innovative and internationally-competitive industries and clusters.
Further details about the Strategy can be found at www.dunedineconomy.co.nz
Dunedin’s Economic Development Strategy: key points
1. Dunedin aims to be one of the world’s great small cities, which attracts investment and new business, and where businesses thrive in a collaborative environment.
2. Strong business growth is needed to create a future for Dunedin’s economic development.
3. Sustainable long-term economic growth doesn’t rely on any one business – there are no easy answers to stimulating growth and employment; no-one else to do it for us but us.
4. Dunedin’s Economic Development Strategy is a 10-year blueprint for increasing incomes and job opportunities for Dunedin people.
5. The vision for Dunedin’s economic future is a shared vision. The Strategy was developed in partnership between the Dunedin City Council, the Otago Chamber of Commerce, the Otago Southland Employers Association, the Otago Polytechnic, the University of Otago and Ngāi Tahu.
6. Dunedin’s size, supportive business environment and the lifestyle it offers make it an ideal city to work, live and do business in.
7. Dunedin is a creative place that already fosters innovation, but needs to extend its creative capabilities.
8. The Strategy has got the ball rolling on economic development; after six months progress has been made on:
○ Identifying the challenges and opportunities for our city
○ Selecting the most likely drivers of growth
○ Developing actions to create opportunities from these drivers
9. The five Economic Development Strategy themes are:
○ Business vitality
○ Alliances for innovation
○ A hub of skills and talent
○ Linkages beyond our borders
○ A compelling destination
10. Dunedin has an effective and established network of support which businesses can use to build and expand skills and opportunities.
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