Nomination for Economic Development Excellence

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Lara Grierson



23 March, 2017

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Dantia has been named a finalist in the NSW Local Government Excellence Awards for Local Economic Contribution, adding $24 million to the local economy and generating 119 new jobs in its first two years of operation.

Dantia has been successful in securing major strategic funding partnerships, including with the University of Newcastle to develop i2N, an integrated regional network of incubator spaces, and Destination NSW, to support the Lake Macquarie round of the 2016 Offshore Superboat Championships, which attracted 50,000 visitors and was televised to national and international audiences.

Local and state level stakeholder support also helped the company secure Lake Macquarie as host City for the 2017 and 2018 NSW Surf Life Saving Championships, not only delivering significant economic benefit and jobs growth, but further raising the profile of Lake Macquarie as a premium destination for sporting events.

The company is now half way through a four year strategy and will continue to focus on the four drivers powering the City’s economy: innovation, investment, identity and infrastructure. By recognising the critical advantages and challenges facing the City, Dantia will continue to provide a course of action for driving employment, nurturing emerging industries, supporting existing industries and building business and investor confidence.

Lake Macquarie City Council has been named as a finalist in an additional five categories of the 2016 NSW Local Government Excellence Awards – read more here.