Following information sessions held across the region last year, MidCoast Council called for people to attend a workshop to contribute to the development of the Strategy.
Council is collaborating with industry, business and community representatives who are taking an active role in driving the development and implementation of a strategy to underpin regional economic and employment growth.
"We've enjoyed a great response people from across the MidCoast who will bring local knowledge and experience about our varied industry and business sectors, in terms of both the opportunities, strengths and challenges," said Deb Tuckerman.
The aim of the process is to identify innovative, well informed economic strategies that link to the key strengths of the area.
Sapere Research Group has been engaged by the NSW Government to prepare the new strategic plan. "The offer from the NSW Government to facilitate a regional economic development strategy is timely and will link well with our other key strategies including the draft tourism Destination Management Plan which is currently on exhibition" says Council's Manager Growth, Economic Development and Tourism, Deb Tuckerman.
"It’s really important that we have broad community input. The process provides us with access to very detailed information about our current demographics and economic situation, but input from our local community is vital in order to interpret the information and to inform our strategies" says Deb Tuckerman.
"The resulting plan will provide a strong foundation for Council and the community to seek external funding for projects."
The workshops are well underway, with the finalisation of the plan due early in 2018.