Marlborough Smart and Connected is an economic development strategy that implements the vision developed by Marlborough District Council in partnership with the community. The vision:
Over the next decade, Marlborough will become a globally-connected district of progressive, high-value enterprise, known for our economic efficiency, quality lifestyle, desirable location and natural environment. Marlborough will be ‘smart and connected’
provides guidance on actions to ensure that we are:
- Smart: Think strategically – becoming more efficient, creating new solutions, and leveraging those solutions to create new opportunities
- Connected: Don’t do it alone, get informed, get supported locally, nationally and internationally
The implementation of the Smart and Connected strategy is two-fold. It focuses on both an industry workstream and a community workstream. The industry groups currently underway:
There are three community groups underway:
Strategic framework graphic - June 2012 (226 Kb)
Smart and Connected mini presentation - June 2012 (742 Kb)
Summary of vision and framework - June 2012 (83 Kb)
Smart and Connected vision background paper - March 2012 (685 Kb)
Marlborough - A Shared Vision discussion document - March 2012 (3.9 Mb)
- Marlborough Smart and Connected held a celebration event which was held in March 2016.
- The Wood Sector was identified as presenting significant economic development potential. The sector is a major local employer and the wood industry has real potential to develop regionally.
- The Visitor Economy industry discussions got underway in July 2014.
- Under the auspices of the Smart and Connected Visitor Economy Industry Group and its subsequent Adaptive Action Plan, the Blenheim Business Association was formed in early 2015.
- The aquaculture sector is identified as a significant economic driver within the Marlborough business community, and indeed across the top of south.
- A Smart & Connected community group was set up in Renwick in March 2015, after two well-attended public meetings showed there was a strong desire for such a group in the township.
- Havelock's Smart and Connected group began in 2013 to help the community formulate a clear direction for its future.
- Picton's Smart and Connected group was established in December 2014 following a significant amount of discussion and engagement with the wider Picton community.
- A key aspect of the Marlborough Smart and Connected vision is the importance of supporting innovation in our economy.