The Ashburton District Council resolved today in an extraordinary meeting to take a new direction for economic development in the district. This includes a plan to begin work on a new economic development strategy and action plan for the district. This decision follows the release in April of the McGredy Winder Section 17A report that looked at the cost effectiveness of economic development services currently being provided by Grow Mid Canterbury.
The report was commissioned by Council in December 2015 and recommended alternative delivery options, suggesting that work on a new economic strategy and action plan begin as soon as possible. Funding for this will come out of the budget provision for economic development provided for in the 2016/17 Annual Plan.
Mayor Angus McKay says he appreciates all the good work done to date by Grow Mid Canterbury voluntary trustees, but that the advice received via the report favours looking at other ways to encourage economic development in
"The Ashburton District has enormous economic potential and we are eager to support the development and implementation of a strategy that delivers the best to the people of the region," Mr McKay said.