Councillors asked to vote on recommendation
Councillors asked to vote on recommendation - Radio Exe
The Cabinet has indeed asked the Committee to go back and reformulate the proposal:
RESOLVED (2) that the following recommendation be referred back to the Scrutiny Committee for further explanation:
Minute 26 Review of Economy & Regeneration Services and the Growth Point Team service plans 2018/19
2. that the Council should aim to boost resilience of the local economy and develop a self-sufficient economy as much as possible, whilst maintaining an international focus.
However, going to the Scrutiny Committee's minutes, the context makes things a little clearer...
Review of Economy & Regeneration Services, and the Growth Point Team service plans 2018/19
The Chairman asked what impact Brexit will have on Service Plans. Officers replied by confirming that whatever the outcomes were, EDDC would be seeking to strengthen resilience and employment opportunities within East Devon. This could be done at key sites in the Enterprise Zone and supporting local businesses. Considering the availability of workforce skills and capability so that the area is able to deal with a range of external variables. There are already staffing difficulties in the construction industry with the flight of workers who came from the EU, so that EDDC will be promoting local skills development. A National Review of skills called ‘The Burning Platform’ outlined difficulties ahead. EDDC are working with Exeter College and looking at Construction Industry training in order to train local people on site and retain them for the future
[This, incidentally, has also been covered here:
Futures Forum: Brexit: and how prepared local authorities are]
The Committee did in fact cover a lot of other areas on the future of the economy in the District - and there is indeed a lot to unpack...
"MAINTAINING AN INTERNATIONAL FOCUS"
Yes, there needs to be a balance in the economy, but attracting Foreign Direct Investment can prove elusive and distracting:
Futures Forum: Foreign Direct Investment ... vs ... supporting locally-owned small businesses
Especially in the context of Brexit:
Futures Forum: Brexit: and challenging the so-twentieth-century model of “inward investment regeneration programmes, enterprise zones, the prioritisation of economic growth and reliance on trickle-down”
As a recent piece pointed out:
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Futures Forum: Brexit: and doing business beyond the EU
"BOOST RESILIENCE OF THE LOCAL ECONOMY AND DEVELOP A SELF-SUFFICIENT ECONOMY"
It is very clear, on the other hand, that small in East Devon is beautiful:
Futures Forum: "Statistics show us that small and medium-size businesses (including those in tourism) are our life blood."
And there are some great ideas out there:
Futures Forum: "Small plus small plus small equals big" >>> 'There is a blind spot about economic regeneration in most local authorities'
If only the District Council would listen:
Futures Forum: "Regeneration and economic development" in East Devon >>> looking beyond the conventional, the ideological and the heavyhanded
Because there are some great ideas out there:
Futures Forum: Preston: Post Brexit city - Co-operatives for an Age of Crisis > How the 'Preston Model' is boosting the local economy
Especially on 'resilience':
Resilience, impact, and learning - Resilience
Futures Forum: "Resilience, impact, and learning"...interview with Katrina Brown of the Environment and Sustainability Institute at Exeter University
Futures Forum: "Smart growth for conservatives" at Resilience
Which is what the Transition Town movement is all about:
Futures Forum: Building resilience in local communities and economies: the Transition Town movement today
The term is everywhere and perhaps overused - so that nobody knows what it means anymore - but it does have particular applications, for example:
Futures Forum: Making Coastal Communities Resilient >>> Green and Gray >>> Understanding the Shades of Resilient Infrastructure
Futures Forum: Resilience: "building a world of resilient communities"
Futures Forum: Coastal communities and building resilience
And there are many related ideas:
Futures Forum: Relocalisation
Futures Forum: Steady-state economy... Post-growth economy
Homepage - Resilience
Finally, the Transition Town movement is working with local authorities:
government.flv - YouTube