Economic development

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Economic development
Open Waikato
Business development enquiries
Advancing growth in the Waikato district

Economic development

In 2015/16 we adopted an Economic Development Plan and implementation strategy to map a way ahead for our district.  The Plan identifies the potential for growth in proven areas of economic strength, including primary and food industries, energy, freight and logistic industries. It also identifies the opportunities provided by the district’s geographic positioning between the other growth regions of Auckland and Bay of Plenty and the Government’s major investment in roading infrastructure through the Waikato district to link these major growth regions.

For Waikato District Council, the function of economic development means identifying and promoting opportunities to grow the economy of the district as a whole. Because the council is only one part of the greater economic picture, taking a role in economic development means working with others to leverage effort and ensure the right conditions exist for the private sector to see and capitalise on the many competitive and comparative advantages offered by the district.

Open Waikato

Open Waikato is the brand identity of the Waikato District Council’s Economic Growth Initiative, designed to be a communication hub to assist with implementing the Council’s guiding principles of People, Economy and Energy. The way the principles have leant into the brand strategy is through the themes of Invest, Visit and Live. Each theme has a unique identity:  Invest for businesses looking to invest, develop or build within the district; Visit for tourism opportunities; and Live for our advancing communities and unique lifestyles.

Whether you're building or developing here; thinking of moving here; a first time or frequent visitor; or wanting to know about businesses, industry, current projects and developments, case studies, demographics, land values and  plans and strategies for the district or a specific area within it, you’ll find what you need at Open Waikato. The website has a wealth of background information on the Waikato district, including a full economic profile, fact sheets, district map, case studies, resources and a directory for making contact easier for economic development to take place.

Business development enquiries

We actively encourage and welcome any new investment and businesses which help develop our district further and contribute to its economic growth. We work with various agencies and neighbouring councils to help integrate new commercial, industrial, and residential developments into the community.

Waikato District Council has partnered with Waikato Innovation Park to offer a free business support service.  A Business Growth Advisor is available on the second Tuesday morning of every month at the Waikato District Council office in Tuakau.  A comprehensive range of business support services is available to assist with budding entrepreneurs, expanding businesses, start up’s and business growth.

Business development and attraction in the Waikato district is about optimising our business advantages and sustaining our fantastic lifestyle and wonderful open, vibrant, clean and productive environment.

For information about doing business in the Waikato district, contact Clive Morgan, Waikato District Council's Economic Development Manager; or Karen Cousins, Open Waikato Marketing Officer.

We have developed a Small Business Guide to assist with businesses wanting to start up  or relocate to the Waikato district. The guide named ‘Waikato is open for business’  provides an overview of the different steps involved in opening a business in our district.

Advancing growth in the Waikato district

Economic development for the Waikato district is set to take a leading role in the region’s growth, as businesses take advantage of a strengthening economy and seek options for expansion.

  • Find out more about living, working and investing in the Waikato district on Open Waikato.
  • Check out land and property in the Waikato district to find out what you need to know and do before buying, developing or building on land in our district.

Find out how protecting our environment is part of our economic development.

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