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Business and council to promote economic growth action plan

Business and council to promote economic growth action plan

Auckland business and the council are looking to combine the city’s reputation for high liveability with openness to business and investment through a clear agenda for economic growth, following a three-day economic forum.

Mentored by international cities expert Greg Clark, who advises many of the world’s most successful cities, the forum identified nine priorities to accelerate delivery of Auckland’s Economic Development Strategy and the Auckland Plan.

The forum was attended by representatives from business, the council and government departments.

Mayor Len Brown said: “Auckland’s amalgamation has delivered huge opportunities of scale. But we need to translate those opportunities into clear action. Auckland requires one leadership team to drive the jobs and growth we need.

“This is a very strong start. It identifies some clear priorities and actions for Auckland. And, importantly, it shows a real consensus for action from business and council. The next step will be to take this to government to seek their full backing for Auckland’s growth priorities.”

Auckland Chamber of Commerce chief executive and chair of Auckland’s business leadership group, Michael Barnett, acknowledged the shared commitment to deliver economic growth.

“A new year, a new council term. An opportunity for action-based results. That’s what Auckland is expecting,” he said.

Councillor Arthur Anae, Chair of the Economic Development Committee said:

“We have the right strategy for Auckland’s growth. But we need to move from planning to action and begin to shift up a gear. This set of priorities will send a clear message that Auckland is serious about achieving its economic potential.”

Greg Clark guided the forum on international best practice of successful cities, calling for Auckland to be more visible on the world stage by establishing a distinctive identity and business proposition based on its leading assets.

“Auckland has made great strides in being ranked among the world’s most liveable cities. The challenge set by the Mayor is to underpin that by great economic performance and dynamism gained from international recognition as an attractive place for investment and talent,” he said.

The nine priorities agreed at the forum are:

1. A new Auckland Leadership Team
2. Raise youth employability
3. Build, retain and attract talent
4. Build the Auckland business proposition for a business-friendly city
5. Boost the investment rate into Auckland’s economy and infrastructure
6. Motivate greater investment in products, services and markets
7. Increase Auckland’s visibility
8. Optimise Auckland’s platforms for growth
9. Support improved performance of Maori businesses

Further engagement with central government and the private sector will maintain the momentum of the forum, and confirm the agenda.

The draft plan will be referred to the council’s Economic Development Committee in February.

Announcement of a confirmed action programme is expected at the end of February.

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