Provincial Growth Fund boosts Southland’s regional economic development plans

The Provincial Growth Fund has provided $400,000 to Great South to help the agency drive Southland's regional economic development aspirations.

The funding will allow Great South, which is Southland's economic development agency, to appoint a portfolio manager and a project support adviser, who will provide project management expertise and support to Provincial Growth Fund funded projects in Southland.

Great South chief executive Ann Lockhart was pleased with the funding announcement: "The funds will not only support current projects but provide additional impetus for new projects yet to be announced by the PGF."

In July, Regional Economic Development Minister Shane Jones announced $1.7m in funding for Southland from the fund, which would invest in air connectivity, water storage, business growth and economic development.

In April, more funding from the PGF were announced with the Gore District Council receiving $3.7m in funding across two projects: the Maruawai Project, which will receive $1.6m, and $2.1 million for the Hokonui Huanui project, which ensures young people have the skills to take up jobs created from Southland's growing economy.

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