Economic Cluster Images
Economic Cluster Images
Economic Cluster Images
Economic Cluster Images


“Economic development is a process by which public, business and non-governmental sector partners work collectively to create better conditions for economic growth and employment generation.”  The World Bank

Knowledge Centre


This area works to support the goals of the of the Bay of Plenty regional growth strategy through Bay of Connections and links closely with CONNECT, a Bay of Plenty regional business growth network.   It is championed at the Steering Group and Regional Leadership Forum by Lionel Crawley of New Zealand Trade & Enterprise.  

Click here for a diagram showing how COBOP, CONNECT and the Bay of Connections work together.

action Clusters

  • Workforce development and employment: support for the Bay of Plenty Tertiary Education Strategy
  • Business growth and economic development: CONNECT

related links & CONTACTS

Bay of Plenty Tertiary Intentions Partnership. Contact Greg Simmonds Chambers of Commerce: Tauranga, Eastern Bays, Rotorua, Taupo Bay of Connections Regional Growth Action Plan
Bay of Plenty Tertiary Education Strategy Toi EDA - Eastern Bay of Plenty economic development agency Bay of Connections Sector Strategies

Pathways to Work: Taupo

Contact Hellmuth Hartung Taupo DC

Priority One - Western Bay of Plenty regional economic development agency.

Contact Greg Simmonds

Smartgrowth Western BOP. Contact Bernie Walsh
Workforce Development and Pathways to Work: Eastern BoP 
Contact Barbara Maclennan Toi EDA
CONNECT BOP network. Contact Jenny Milson or Paulette Fraser NZTE Provincial Growth Fund: MBIE
Mayors Taskforce for Jobs: BOP Regional Business Partnership: Contact Roz  
Kawerau Pathways to Work November 2017

SmartGrowth: Sustainable Economy

Contact Bernie Walsh

He Rangatahi, He Anamata: He Mauri Oho Oho Youth Strategy: Contact Awhina August, Priority One    

Bay of Connections Regional Economic Development.  Contact Cheryl Lewis BOPRC  

Kawerau Industrial Symbiosis Project. Contact Glenn Sutton Kawerau DC

He Maori Oho oho, the Maori Economic Development Strategy. Contact Cheryl Lewis BOPRC   
Opotiki Harbour Development Project