Feasibility study, representation and implementation
for regional economic development in Wellington
Wellington: smart, 'wired' city surrounded by a rural hinterland...
Despite abundant potential in a number of growth sectors including
IT&T, film, tourism and agri-business, this region nevertheless
suffered from fragmented regional development efforts.
Francis Small was engaged to help the local authorities and
communities to overcome parochialism and establish the means
to identify and pursue a common vision for regional economic
development. This involved:
- Managing a feasibility study into the benefits of a regional
- Managing liaison with central and local government agencies,
business and general community interests.
- Chairing the Start Up Group and overseeing preparation
of draft report.
- Managing 'sell-in' and approval of report.
- Managing liaison with local authorities for the establishment
of the Regional Economic Development Agency (REDA).
- Chairing REDA Establishment Group and preparing draft
strategic plan, budgets and implementation timelines.
- Preparation for establishment and launch of REDA.
Francis Small: "When a commonality of interest can be
demonstrated clearly enough, even groups that compete in many
areas can be brought together to work for their common good..."
- Report to local authorities for implementation.