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JULY 2019 NEWSLETTER
JULY 2019 NEWSLETTER
31 July 2019

Expanded Groundswell festival brings two weeks of innovation, fresh ideas and international speakers

Groundswell festival of innovation is back again this year, showcasing the diverse range of innovative and entrepreneurial activity taking place in the Bay and providing a platform for the...
JUNE 2019 NEWSLETTER
JUNE 2019 NEWSLETTER
28 June 2019

Focus on inclusiveness and prosperity across the community

Far from being a new concept, wellbeing is at the heart of the outcomes that communities value most, rather than just measuring GDP or employment.  Economic forecaster, Infometrics, has...
MAY 2019 NEWSLETTER
MAY 2019 NEWSLETTER
31 May 2019

Value of research and tertiary capability highlighted by two major initiatives

Lifting the Western Bay sub-region’s ability to add value to jobs, products and business by increasing research and development capacity aligned with our distinctive economic strengths is a key...
APRIL 2019 NEWSLETTER
APRIL 2019 NEWSLETTER
30 April 2019

We all need to step up to resolve our transport woes

Tauranga is a great city and a hugely popular place.  While we have a lot to be positive about and a bright future ahead, transport congestion is cause for real concern.  We face a dire...
MARCH 2019 NEWSLETTER
MARCH 2019 NEWSLETTER
29 March 2019

Western Bay’s innovative tertiary education model leads the way

February saw the opening of the University of Waikato’s Tauranga campus. This is a great milestone and development for our city and one that will improve our competitive advantages as a city...
FEBRUARY 2019 NEWSLETTER
FEBRUARY 2019 NEWSLETTER
27 February 2019

Competitive advantages underpin economic success, but there’s still work to do

The popularity of Tauranga/Western Bay has been built on several years of economic growth, and it’s a pretty compelling story.  Our headline statistics are impressive, with 4.1% GDP growth...
DECEMBER 2018 NEWSLETTER
DECEMBER 2018 NEWSLETTER
19 December 2018

Priority One sends best wishes for the festive season

The team at Priority One would like to take this opportunity to thank our members for their support during 2018.  It has been another a great year for the local economy, with the region topping...
NOVEMBER 2018 NEWSLETTER
NOVEMBER 2018 NEWSLETTER
29 November 2018

Education system needs to prepare students for innovation era

A sense of urgency is required to rethink how we prepare our young people to thrive in an era of innovation and key to this is providing more time for free learning, according to an internationally...
OCTOBER 2018 NEWSLETTER
OCTOBER 2018 NEWSLETTER
30 October 2018

How do you want our city to develop over the next 30 years?

Earlier this month SmartGrowth released the Future Development Strategy for consultation.  SmartGrowth is a partnership of the three local councils and Tangata Whenua – it sets the future...
SEPTEMBER 2018 NEWSLETTER
SEPTEMBER 2018 NEWSLETTER
28 September 2018

Groundswell highlights Bay’s culture of innovation and collaboration

Late August saw the second Groundswell Festival of Innovation take place at a range of venues across Tauranga and the Western Bay of Plenty.  Please click here to read the rest of the September...
AUGUST 2018 NEWSLETTER
AUGUST 2018 NEWSLETTER
31 August 2018

Opportunities to partner with world class companies doing business from the Bay.

There's little doubt that the economy in Tauranga and the Western Bay of Plenty is in great shape.  According to the latest data from economic research company, Infometrics, we have grown...
JULY 2018 NEWSLETTER
JULY 2018 NEWSLETTER
30 July 2018

Bay’s innovation in the spotlight through Groundswell festival

August sees Tauranga and the Western Bay host the Groundswell Festival of Innovation.  We ran this festival for the first time last year and we’re very pleased to be able to put it on...
JUNE 2018 NEWSLETTER
JUNE 2018 NEWSLETTER
28 June 2018

Young Innovator Awards help develop smart skills for our future workforce

June saw the Western Bay of Plenty's budding young innovators finalising their 'innovations' for the 2018 Young Innovator Awards competition.  YiA is a great initiative for local...
MAY 2018 NEWSLETTER
MAY 2018 NEWSLETTER
31 May 2018

Spotlight shines on Tauranga for Techweek'18 innovation events

Last week saw the annual Techweek festival being held across New Zealand, and it was really pleasing to have a number of excellent events taking place in this region.   The most prominent...
APRIL 2018 NEWSLETTER
APRIL 2018 NEWSLETTER
30 April 2018

Strong, bold leadership from local authorities required to support economic growth

We were kept busy during April preparing submissions to local authority long term plans.  This is when the three councils covering the Western Bay sub-region prepare their budgets for the next...
MARCH 2018 NEWSLETTER
MARCH 2018 NEWSLETTER
27 March 2018

Tauranga tops the country on all key measures of economic growth

Last month I wrote enthusiastically about the Bay's robust growth, reflected in a range of key indicators.  Since then economic analysts, Infometrics, have released their growth statistics...
FEBRUARY 2018 NEWSLETTER
FEBRUARY 2018 NEWSLETTER
26 February 2018

Bay's robust economy reflected in range of key indicators

Recently I've read about what 2018 will herald for the business community and the economy in Tauranga and the Western Bay of Plenty.  I've been surprised at some relatively negative...
DECEMBER 2017 NEWSLETTER
DECEMBER 2017 NEWSLETTER
20 December 2017

Closing the year in a good economic position, with exciting prospects for the region in 2018

As we look back on 2017, it’s obvious that this year has been a great one for our regional economy.  Businesses in Tauranga and the Western Bay have been thriving on the back of favourable...
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