The 30 July 100 Day Blueprint announcement for Christchurch is the single most significant sign of progress this city has seen since September 4 2010.
The eagerly anticipated plan can only be described as visionary, bold, dynamic and overall extremely exciting and encouraging for our businesses and the wider community.
It provides confidence, certainty and direction for the city, our businesses and local, national and international investors. The announcement of the anchor projects and their location, provides strong and encouraging signals for the attraction and retention of investment and human capital.
The plan facilitates a new form of economic geography for the CBD and promises to deliver exciting new clusters of activity with the aim of lifting productivity and reinstating business scale and supply chain efficiencies. This will result in a smarter and more productive world class central city.
We are also pleased to see the city’s strong natural attributes being incorporated into a vibrant, distinctive and globally relevant city that will deliver economic, social and cultural benefits to Christchurch, Canterbury and New Zealand as the country’s second largest city.
CECC is supporting and endorsing the plan. Now is the critical time to move from a city transitioning from disaster to recovery and an opportunity for participation from the whole community to turn this from a plan to a reality.
The next steps involve the execution of the plan and we look forward to playing an active part through CECC to assist Local and Central Government to do that.