Sister City Business Delegation to Tempe Arizona. Lessons from Phoenix 12 th October 2011 . Celebration of 30 year relationship between Hutt City and Tempe. Hutt City Council and Hutt Valley Chamber of Commerce formed the delegation. Need to derive economic benefit to justify the spend.
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Lessons from Phoenix
12th October 2011
Hutt City Council and Hutt Valley Chamber of Commerce formed the delegation.
Need to derive economic benefit to justify the spend.
Technology Valley – aim to make the Hutt Valley into one of NZ’s leading export and economic growth centres based on science, engineering and technology.
One of our visions is to create and stimulate links between business and research, technology and engineering.
810 tech companies (BERL).Hutt City Economic Development
President Hutt Valley Chamber
Local business owners/ CEO’s
Gordon and Marie Malin (Solar energy)
June Ranson (Woburn International Immigration specialists)
Charles Gilmour – (Indeserve)
Cynthia Patterson – (Open Polytechnic)The Business Delegation
Are there businessand economic development opportunities possible through our sister city links?
Many similarities with some of Lower Hutt’s sister cities, potentially the same for Upper Hutt.
Many complementary economic factors with sister cities.
Surprised to find we attracted a lot of attention bringing a business delegation – opened more doors.What we discovered…
Next focus on engineering and science, IT incubator, IT cluster
One of top 15 technology areas in Germany
Good example of result of tech focusRegensburg - Germany
First Solar – largest solar company in USA
Rio Solado College – High profile, larges online distance learning tertiary institution
Phoenix University – largest online learning company in USA
SkySong – technology park driving economic development
Greater Phoenix Economic Council
Tempe City CouncilBusiness Introductions
Not for profit
Number one recognised regional development organisation in the USA
Is the investment promotion agencyfor the Phoenix, Arizona area of the United States. GPEC says its goal is to market the Phoenix region in a way that attracts quality businesses and high-wage jobs.
A useful model for engaging the stakeholders for Technology Valley and driving economic development for Hutt CityGreater Phoenix Economic Council
A close working international relationship
Profiles of members
Matching members between chambers
For joint projects, learning, market information, share skills and resources
Possible investment or not financially related
Share similar technologies, markets, resourcesSister Companies
Identify key connectors
Economic development agencies
More pre planning of meetings but allow time to meet other who are unaware of you until you get there
Profile each visiting company prior
Structured follow up and communications – incl social media.
Need key senior people to get in the door.Business Delegations
Further develop relationships with key people, extend invitations for hosting in LH, plus prepare for next delegation
Follow up on key contacts and regular communications for keeping and developing relationshipsNext steps