Digital technology represents both one of the biggest opportunities and challenges for our region. The digital landscape is changing at breathtaking speed, and it’s important to ensure that we are not left behind.
The 2013/14 Annual Report highlighted the following opportunity:
- To develop a regional digital strategy that will allow the region to secure economic, social and educational gains through confident use of an optimum ICT structure.
In 2014 Nelson took part in the nationwide Gigatown competition, finishing in the top five finalists. The EDA supported the development of the Gigaplan as part of the competition, with the objective of this plan becoming the foundation of a regional digital strategy.
A Digital Council has now been set up to oversee the development of this plan, and provide high level governance ensuring that the plan continuously evolves as digital technology develops. This is a community owned initiative supported by organisations ranging from local government through to the health, education and business sectors.
The draft regional digital strategy is a living document, and it will be the responsibility of the digital council to ensure that it provides information and direction to support both economic and social growth and wellbeing for our region. The draft strategy is still under development and can be found here.