How council hopes to grow economy

THE Gympie region's high standard of business excellence, natural resources, enviable climate, access to technology and its people formed the foundation for delivering economic growth, Mayor Mick Curran said in bringing down Wednesday's budget.

The council will invest about $500,000 in economic development initiatives and projects in 2015/16.

"Through this budget, council is building on the strength and diversity of what is already one of the Wide Bay Burnett region's existing leading regional centres and recognised as having a dynamic local economy," he said.

"Highlights of the council's 2015/16 economic development program will be:

  Gympie Region Economic Development strategy;

 Major industry development forum;

Industry and business development events such as Business Leaders Forum, Innovation Masterclass, Gympie Region Food Industry Meeting, Gympie Region Rural Innovation Forum and Manufacturing Industry Forum - Best Practice Network;

 Gympie Region Business Survey;

 Preparation of Gympie region economic development briefs and information;

 Implementation of Gympie Town Centre Project;

 Regional Ambassador project - Gympie Region Food and Culinary Tourism Ambassador;

 Industry development, marketing and promotion to position region as choice for emerging and established industry;

 Participation in industry trade shows, events and expos;

 Regional event support and promotion.

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