Published on Nov 15, 2016

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Council’s Economic Development Unit invited all businesses to attend a business networking reception last Tuesday 8 November 2016 under the Advance Cessnock City partnership which unites Cessnock City’s chambers of commerce.


The event proved a successful meet for businesses from across the Cessnock local government area, with around 100 business people attending from businesses located in Cessnock, Pokolbin, Wollombi, Kurri Kurri and Branxton.

Business people were able to meet and greet their newly elected Cessnock City councillors. In attendance was Mayor Clr Bob Pynsent, Clr Rod Doherty, Clr Paul Dunn, Clr Darrin Gray, Clr Di Fitzgibbon and Clr Melanie Dagg who were warmly welcomed by the crowd.


Economic Development Update

Council’s Economic Development Manager Jane Holdsworth was pleased to provide an update to the initiatives and projects driven by the Economic Development Unit, with the preliminary results of the 2016 Gap Analysis Study provided to the group.


The Gap Analysis conducted earlier in 2016, surveyed 1332 of 2529 known businesses in the Cessnock LGA on their purchasing behaviours. The study will demonstrate opportunities for existing businesses to expand and grow and support development of strategies to attract appropriate new investment into our region.


Council’s Economic Development Unit is currently completing the data analysis and desktop study for release in early 2017. The study will include research on future industries as well as support the next phase of economic development for the region – Business Investment Attraction.


“The idea is to venture out and target businesses or sectors that we know will have the greatest propensity to provide jobs growth in our region whilst being sustainable and prosperous into the future.”


The next phase will include marketing collateral and focus on showcasing the region as an attractive place to invest, live and do business.


Jane was also proud to announce the 100% success rate of the first stage in the Youth First employment program. Each of the four trainees taken in by Council to learn and upskill for job readiness through the Hunter Valley Visitor Centre have now completed the 10 week program and landed a job.


“Seeing this program emerge from research into youth unemployment through to getting four long term unemployed young people into work has been an extremely rewarding process for all.”


Jane is now recruiting for four more unemployed young people aged 18-22 to complete the program.


If you would like more information on any of the above projects, please contact Jane Holdsworth on 4993 4257 or email

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