Council convenes think tank
Seeking expert advice on business
Business brains are being called on to pool resources by MatamataPiako District Council.
An economic think- tank is scheduled for February 25 at Wallace Gallery in Morrinsville.
Communications officer Adele Preston said about 40 people will be invited for the two- hour session, run as a workshop with group discussions.
This will involve
from small to medium-size businesses from urban and rural areas, across the three wards.
Preston said ‘‘phase two’’ of the initiative, for major employers in Matamata-Piako, will be in midMarch.
The intention of the think-tank is ‘‘ to bring business leaders together to provide feedback on what we need as a community to develop our economy’’, said a staff report tabled at a recent council meeting.
The council is looking at taking a more direct role in economic development, including the possibility of employing a person specifically for this purpose.
An economic development officer’s position was actually disestablished by the council several years ago.
After a number of workshops earlier this year, a council working party was formed to look at issues in more detail.
The think- tank concept was recommended as the working party considers it needs more information from the community, before putting forward a specific recommendation to council.
The intention is to ‘‘shouldertap’’ suitable business leaders to attend, said the staff report. There will be no general public invitation.
As well as better communication with businesses, the council wants to find out about economic development in the district, actions needed to address this and identify priorities for action.