The New Year brings a range of new opportunities for positive change and business growth, and myself and the team at DWC are looking forward to helping our community achieve their goals and reach new targets.

We will be implementing the Economic Development Action Plan, which was launched last year, and which will see further progression of 17 key projects. You can read more about the Action Plan’s detail on our website www.dwc.org.nz. 

One of the most significant projects will be the reorganisation of the economic development functions for our region, which will see DWC becoming the lead development organisation for the West Coast.

Separately, the new Regional Economic Development Minister, Hon Shane Jones, will be making his way around New Zealand communities to outline his vision for the Government’s $1b regional development fund.  We will be working hard for the West Coast to ensure we tap into this funding pool and ensure our share is used to create new opportunities across our diverse and unique landscape.

I wish everyone a successful and prosperous 2018.

Chris Mackenzie | Chief Executive