We are actively working towards economic expansion by promoting the region to new residents, potential business enterprises and potential investors. The aim of economic growth is to bring about a more diverse economy, improved services, greater employment prospects and a more liveable community.
Economic development strategy
In 2013 we released the Toowoomba Region Economic Development Strategy. The strategy builds on the work and achievements to date of Council and its partners in industry, government and the non-government sector in growing the regional economy. While we are the lead facilitator of the strategy, its implementation relies on the Toowoomba & Surat Basin Enterprise, public and private sector resources, active partnerships, the business community and all levels of government.
A review of the strategy is commencing in 2015 with an updated version due for release in 2016.
Full details of the strategy can be found below.
Digital economy strategy
Toowoomba Regional Council has released its first digital strategy. It is focused on 4 pillars:
- Regional government
- People and communities
- Business and industry
Each pillar has a number of initiatives to drive the digital economy over the next 2 years with the aims of kick-starting change, educating residents and business on the benefits of the digital revolution and enticing start-up companies to the region.
Full details of the strategy can be found under the heading 'Economic development documents' located at the bottom of the screen.
Community Growth Action Plans
In 2015 a number of Community Growth Action Plans were developed.
Success for each community is best determined by the residents themselves, based on their aspirations, ideals and value systems. In order to better understand what these are, Council facilitated a number of meetings with community members to draw out what issues each town is facing, identify what the potential solutions and opportunities might be and to determine which ones should be focussed on as a priority. These have been documented in plans for five communities which can be found under the 'Economic development documents'.