We pride ourselves on being proactive in encouraging economic development and support a community-led approach to delivering a sustainable socio-economic future through Ready for Growth. In brief, Ready for Growth is:
- Vision: Rural City Living in action
- Mission: For the Gore District to embrace the concept of Rural City Living, to make it the best place in New Zealand to live, work, visit and do business.
- Objective: To grow the Gore District population by 1500 people by 2030.
To date, Ready for Growth has provided a strategic context for the development of significant socio-economic projects, particularly where those projects have relied on applications for external funding.
Get in touch if you, or a local organisation you are connected to, have plans for a project that will help promote growth within the Gore District. We can help you understand our community, our economy and the conditions we strive to achieve.
You can contact Community Strategy Manager Anne Pullar.
Regional Economic Development
Great South is Southland’s Regional Development Agency.
With a focus to create better lives for all Southlanders through sustainable development, Great South will work with key stakeholders and Southland residents to encourage regional growth of our culture and lifestyle, economic diversity and overall population.
Here is the link for more information on the projects, events and initiatives Great South is involved in.
Community Compass Reports
Community compass reports highlight our District's most recent economic positioning.
In Q1, we saw an increase in out of region consumer spend, a decrease in gambling spend per capita, and a decrease in job seeker support rates.
The Q2 report is hot off the press. A total of $22.1m was spent by domestic and international tourists in Gore during the quarter, with a notable increase in international tourism.
Q3 saw an encouraging decline in job seeker support by 4.3% compared to this time last year. The Gore District saw an increase in the years it takes to save for a house deposit, to 6 years. This is still well below the national average of about 9.6 years according to recent modelling.