Dunedin’s Long Term Plan includes a vision for a ‘wealthy community’ that states specifically.
Whether you are a start-up or established business, we are here to help.
We exist to facilitate that growth by putting business people in touch with the relevant agencies and offering support through our in-house expertise.
Meet the team (link to external website, new window).
What difference do we make?
We aim to positively influence incomes, jobs and productivity in Dunedin. Research has shown that, since 2005, our funding alone has helped create more than 400 jobs and increased income for Dunedin organisations by more than $44 million. And that figure does not take into account the project and facilitation activity we undertake daily.
Who do we answer to?
We are a DCC department and answer specifically to the General Manager (Strategy and Development). We report to the Dunedin City Council’s Finance, Strategy and Development Committee. A link to the agendas and minutes of this committee is listed below.In addition, we reports to the Council as part of the Annual Report process.
How can you influence the way we operate?
If you have ideas on how we can improve our service in the short-term, please contact Des Adamson, Manager, Economic Development Unit directly.
What other organisations do we work with?
We work alongside other agencies to achieve the ‘wealthy community’ vision include:
- Business groups: Otago Chamber of Commerce, Otago Southland Employers Association, and the Audacious and Distiller programmes.
- Commercialisation organisations: Upstart Business Incubator and Otago Innovation Limited.
- Industry organisations: Education Dunedin and Dunedin Engineering.
- Tourism Dunedin.
- Other Economic Development organisations: Otago Forward, New Zealand Trade and Enterprise, and Economic Development Agencies of New Zealand (EDANZ).
- Education: University of Otago School of Business, Otago Polytechnic and Otago Institute of Design.
Our business advisors are also aware of key accountants, lawyers, investors and other business advisors in the city.
- We are facilitators in assisting the implementation of the Economic Development Strategy which has been developed to increase skills, incomes, job opportunities and investment in the City.
- We provide impartial professional advice to start up and existing businesses.
- We design solutions to broker access to local, national and international contacts.
- We access information, and research and development grants and referrals to grow businesses.
- We work with clusters such as Engineering, Technology, Tourism and Food and Beverage.
- We assist skilled migrants and their families to settle successfully in Dunedin.
- We represent Council at business forums, conferences and events, educating and advocating for the city’s economic vision.
- We aim to ensure that relationships between the businesses, industry and Council are constructive.
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