Online economic tool awarded

Article image - Online economic  tool awarded Associate Director Economic Development & Tourism, Matt Grant at the Dashboard launch.

The City of Adelaide’s Economic Insights Dashboard has been recognised for ‘Excellence in Local Economic Development’ at the 17th Annual Local Government Professionals Australia, South Australia Leadership Excellence Awards.

Bringing together local government professionals from across the state, the awards recognise outstanding achievement and innovation in local government.

Taking out the top gong for economic development, the ‘Economic Insights Dashboard’ is an online tool offering enormous potential for improving decision-making at every level – from local small business to leading global organisations.

The user-friendly tool was launched as part of the City of Adelaide’s refreshed Invest Adelaide website in August 2017 and brings together data from a variety of external sources and makes internal Council-held data accessible for public use.

The dashboard includes data on key city indicators covering demographics, the economy, employment, city businesses, property and tourism.

Access to this data can assist a new business looking to establish in the city with insights into key city main streets, visitor numbers and property information, all relevant to their industry.

Lord Mayor, Martin Haese, said, “The data revolution offers enormous potential for improving decision-making and the City of Adelaide is once again leading the way with a new customer-centric online tool that acts as an enabler for future growth.”

Director Growth, Ian Hill, said the tool is invaluable for those looking to invest in Adelaide as it progresses its Smart, Green, Livable and Creative city agenda.  

“As a council we play an active role on many levels in supporting the growth of our community. It’s fantastic to be recognised for our efforts and it’s testament to the hard work people across our organisation – particularly from our Economic Development & Tourism program – have put into this project.”

Council’s plan is to enrich Adelaide’s lifestyle and boost its growth by becoming one of the world’s smartest cities with a globally-connected and opportunity-rich economy.