Investing in people key to Newcastle’s economic future

Investing in people key to Newcastle’s economic future

Around 90 representatives from across the region’s business community have come together for CEO Connect, a Business Hunter event hosted by City of Newcastle (CN) which highlighted economic opportunities for Gateway Cities such as Newcastle in a post-COVID world.

The meeting was also used to highlight initiatives being delivered as part of CN’s economic development strategy including a new digital tool, Imagine Newcastle, developed to attract people to live, work and study in Newcastle.

With job advertisements in Newcastle at record levels and local businesses experiencing chronic skills shortages, Lord Mayor, Nuatali Nelmes said investing in people and their skills is key to the city’s economic growth.

“City of Newcastle’s Economic Development Strategy focusses on long-term actions to help create new jobs, drive investment and promote innovation,” Nuatali said.

“We believe that Newcastle and the Hunter region’s economic future will be built on the talent, skills and ingenuity of our people.

“We have invested significantly in infrastructure, support programs for local businesspeople and initiatives aimed at attracting skills and talent to the region as well as supporting the development and growth of Newcastle businesses and their employees.

“Our new digital platform Imagine Newcastle provides another avenue to help address future skills shortages and growth industry job opportunities, delivering the insights and information needed to encourage people to live, study, invest or grow their business in our creative, culturally rich and innovative global city.”

Nuatali said Imagine Newcastle would leverage the migration trend that is seeing more people than ever before relocating to Newcastle from metropolitan centres like Melbourne and Sydney, including a predominance of young professionals.

Research shows that better quality of life is one of the key drivers to people choosing to relocate to a new area.

“Newcastle is perfectly positioned to cater for this need, offering a destination with the lifestyle, community and culture people are searching for, enhanced by the career and business opportunities available in our city’s innovative industries and future-focused economy,” Nuatali said.


IMAGE | Newcastle Deputy Lord Mayor, Declan Clausen; Business Hunter CEO, Bob Hawes; Newcastle Lord Mayor, Nuatali Nelmes; CEO Connect event guest speaker, Tim Williams; and City of Newcastle CEO, Jeremy Bath (L-R).

City of Newcastle

In 2030, Newcastle will be a smart, liveable and sustainable city.

Council developed and adopted a suite of strategic documents to guide delivery of Council's seven key strategic directions, outlined in the Newcastle 2030 Community Strategic Plan.

  •  A Connected City
  •  A Protected and Enhanced Environment
  •  Vibrant and Activated Public Places
  •  A Caring and Inclusive Community
  •  A Liveable and Distinctive Built Environment
  •  A Smart and Innovative City
  •  Open and Collaborative Leadership

This planning strategy has assisted in the delivery of a City Revitalisation Program that has encouraged a large investment in the City by both Government and private investors that are willing to prove that Newcastle is ready for change.   

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