The Gore District Council is organising a major economic summit aimed at bringing together business and community representatives to discuss key opportunities and challenges facing the district.
The Gore Summit will be held on Wednesday, November 1 at the Heartland Hotel Croydon.
Gore Mayor Tracy Hicks said the summit was necessary and timely as the district continued to benefit from a strong economy, boosted by major investments and strength in the primary sector.
“As a council we recognise the issues some of our sectors face, which contrasts with the successes of others,” he said.
“Our goal is to encourage shared understanding and strategy that leverages the strength within our wider community.”
Opportunities outlined by the Southland regional development strategy were critical to the Gore district’s future, he said.
want to ensure plans align and are prioritised.”
The council hosted a similar event about five years ago, Mr Hicks said. From that event, GoRetail was born.
“At that time we didn’t have the capacity to deal with some of the ideas that came out of it.”
The fast-paced workshop format will result in participants joining interest groups to determine the big issues.
Outcomes from these specialist areas will then be discussed with the wider group to determine which themes the district most needs to focus on.
The summit was not about talking to people but talking with them to develop stakeholder-led strategies and priorities for success, Mr Hicks said. Speakers would include representatives from the business, health, trade and enterprise, tourism and retail sectors.