Great South is Southland's regional development agency.
In 2015, it was identified that in order to encourage Southland's future prosperity, a renewed focus on growing Southland's culture and lifestyle, economic diversity and overall population was required. To achieve this new focus, and address the challenges identified in the Southland Regional Development Strategy, it was recommended that a regional agency was established to implement change and build on the foundation previously laid by Venture Southland.
As a result, Great South came into effect on 1 July 2019 with a strong and determined team committed to creating better lives for all Southlanders through sustainable development.
We're focused on making sure that the place we all so proudly call home is contemporary, connected and able to compete at a national level when it comes to being recognised as the best play to live, work and play. To do this, we will aim to
- Diversify the economy
- Grow innovative business
- Create exciting jobs
- Grow the population
To support the organisation in our goals, there is a skills-based board of directors that include people from inside and outside of the region. The six board members bring significant skill and experience and are committed to encouraging the future growth and development of the Southland region. The board will work closely alongside chief executive Ann Lockhart and her leadership team to ensure a strong and results-driven work programme is established.
Recognising the importance of collaboration, Great South will work alongside councils and both public and private sector representatives to drive regional growth.