Logan City Council ticks off new five-year Economic Development Strategy

Logan City Council has endorsed its new five-year Economic Development Strategy.

Young minds: Park Ridge State High School's Catapult program winning team, Mark Raison, Yash Rudra and Amity Gamlin. Council will expand the popular youth program.

Young minds: Park Ridge State High School's Catapult program winning team, Mark Raison, Yash Rudra and Amity Gamlin. Council will expand the popular youth program.

Council gave the tick of approval to the strategy at its monthly meeting.

Council says it was developed after stakeholder and business feedback, with eight economic roundtable events conducted.

Council said a prevailing theme across all consultation activities was the high level of business and community confidence in the Logan's economic future.

That was despite setbacks of the last year due to pandemic lockdown and restrictions.

There was also a strong desire among local businesses to support residents through education, training, employment and entrepreneurial opportunities.

Council said it would give money help grow local businesses, as well as training and career pathways for job seekers.

Mayor Darren Power has formed the Local Job and Skills Taskforce.

He said council would continue to promote its Buy Logan procurement policy. Council aims to channel 45 per cent of its annual products and services spend to local providers.

"Every business in Logan matters and council will continue to work with them all to help consolidate their existing core operations while also building for future growth, resilience and success," Cr Power said.

Economic Development chair Jon Raven said council will continue to build on recent success in attracting new investment to the city as well as tapping into new and emerging industries.

"The city of Logan is already a destination of choice for national and international businesses looking to expand or relocate," Cr Raven said.

The city of Logan is already a destination of choice for national and international businesses

Jon Raven

"This strategy will ensure we continue to be a leader in driving economic growth and creating local jobs."

Council will expand the Catapult youth enterprise and skills program.

"Young people make up 30 percent of our population but are 100 per cent of our future," Cr Raven said.

"We want Logan's youth to actively participate in the growth of our city - economically, socially and culturally."

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