Your say on planning our economic development strategy

Project Status: Under review

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What we’re doing

We’re planning a new economic development strategy for our local area. The strategy will set out a plan for how we will support long-term economic growth and prosperity for our community.

Why we’re doing this

In December 2013 we published a 10-year plan to strengthen our economy and support business. Since then, the pandemic and climate crises have affected our economy and our community.

We need to examine the new challenges and consider how to create a sustainable and resilient economic future. The new strategy will set out a short to medium term framework, with high-level actions for the city’s economic recovery and long-term prosperity.

To help us develop the new strategy, we’ve produced a discussion paper. The paper is intended to prompt conversations about how to make our economy more resilient. It proposes 4 strategic directions to achieve that vision:

  • Direction 1 – Transition to a green and circular economy.
  • Direction 2 – Build an innovation economy.
  • Direction 3 – Strengthen our inclusive economy.
  • Direction 4 – Revitalise our city centre.

Case studies give examples of each strategic direction.

We invite you to read our discussion paper and case studies, and share your feedback on how we can work together to build a resilient economy.

Things to consider

  • Do you agree with the vision?
  • Have we got the directions right?
  • Do you have additional case studies or actions to share with us?
  • What do you consider to be the priority for our local economy?
Economic development strategy discussion paper – summaryPDF · 426.73 KB · Last modified
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Case studiesPDF · 3.04 MB · Last modified

Next steps

We will use your feedback to develop a strategy that will be considered by Council in 2023/24. The draft strategy will be open for consultation before it is adopted.

How you can give feedback

Consultation closes at 5pm on Friday 16 December 2022.

We invite you to explore the discussion paper and complete our short online feedback form to tell us your ideas.

Feedback may be published in publicly available reports at the end of the consultation period. Your name or organisation’s name may appear in these reports with your feedback attributed. If you would like your feedback to be kept confidential, please let us know when providing your contribution.

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