City of Adelaide recognised for online economic tool

Wednesday, 11 April, 2018

City of Adelaide recognised for online economic tool

An online economic tool developed by City of Adelaide has received an award for excellence.

The council’s Economic Insights Dashboard received an ‘Excellence in Local Economic Development’ award at the 17th Annual Local Government Professionals Australia, SA Leadership Excellence Awards.

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

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.

It 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, making 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 award was brilliant recognition for outstanding thinking by a number of people at council and that the tool is of great benefit to the community.

“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,” said Haese.

“This fantastic tool is simple to use, promotes research and data-driven dialogue, informs evidence-based decision-making and empowers investors, students and residents.”

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 and Tourism program — have put into this project,” said Hill.

The emerging trends resulting from digital disruption and the economic transformation required to grow our economy are changing the way Australians live, learn, work and do business. 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.

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