Enhancing Dunedin's Centre of Excellence
By Dougal McGowan, OCCI Chief Executive | Posted: Thursday November 30, 2017
Recently we have seen that there is great potential in our region
The Centre for Space Science Technology, in Alexandra, has been selected to become New Zealand's second Regional Research Institute and it was announced Dunedin would be developed as a Centre of Digital Excellence (Code).
The $10 million for Code over 10 years would be great addition to the already flourishing gaming, programming and other digital assets the city has. Code also maximises the opportunity and advantage we still have with the "Gig City".
With the recent change in government and the confirmation of the regional development fund being approved, now is the time for Otago and Dunedin to make sure we are in the ideal position to take the lead when the policy and its roll out become clearer.
There is still beneficial groundwork that can be done to ensure we attract funding. It's important that we are clear about what we wish to focus on given the information we have so far from the Government so that a targeted approach is used rather than each doing their own thing.
A sector vital to the city is engineering and manufacturing. Given the future focus on rail, light rail and other initiatives, there are valuable opportunities here.
Equally with the confirmed redevelopment of the city hospital there is a great opportunity to use our engineering and digital excellence.
We can create a whole range of smart technology solutions that will support better care and facilities.
As a result, the Otago Southland Manufacturers Association and the Otago Chamber of Commerce have decided to work together to create an understanding of what opportunities and resources we have in the manufacturing and engineering sectors to create future job growth, economic development and vitality for the region.
The first engineering and manufacturing cluster meeting is on at the chamber Friday, 15 December.
To join the conversation, please contact the Chamber on 03 479 0181 or email Karen McCleery firstname.lastname@example.org.