Draft Economic Development Strategy released

Draft Economic Development Strategy has been released.

Central Coast Council’s Draft Economic Development Strategy and Economic Recovery and Resilience Framework are currently on public exhibition with feedback invited until July 20.

The Council has committed to facilitating a quick recovery and laying the groundwork for sustainable growth and resilience in the wake the impact of floods, bushfire and COVID-19 over the past eight months.

Unit Manager Economic Development and Project Delivery, Jamie Barclay, said the Economic Development Strategy aims to strengthen and future-proof the local economy.

“This Strategy is focussed on initiatives that will provide the greatest tangible benefits to our economy and our community by harnessing the region’s strengths and taking full advantage of the identified opportunities,” Barclay said.

“We have identified how our region can grow and develop though targeted investment, improved partnerships and promotion of our region as a desirable place to do business and visit as one destination.

“The Economic Development Strategy is a big-picture plan that identifies broad objectives and actions over 20 years but we know that there is a need for continued and immediate action to combat the impact of COVID-19.

“An Economic Recovery and Resilience Framework has also been prepared to address the impacts of COVID-19 and bring forward key action items to support the local economy.”

Mayor Lisa Matthews said the community had banded together in the face of unprecedented challenges and would emerge stronger than ever.

“Our community has experienced everything nature has had to offer in recent months and we have developed specific responses to these situations by drawing on our region’s strengths and capitalising on the many opportunities in front of us,” Cr Matthews said.

“These plans are designed to ensure our local economy bounces back quickly in the short-term, fulfills its potential in the long-term, and is resilient enough to handle difficult times when they do hit.”

You can view the documents and provide feedback at yourvoiceourcoast.com

Media release, Jun 22
Central Coast Council

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