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What is the purpose of the economic strategy engagement document?

The high-level engagement document represents the first of two stages in developing a joint Gloucestershire County Council and GFirst Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP) economic strategy to stimulate and sustain the economy. It is intended to encourage views on where priorities for the future economy need to focus and where action needs to be taken. It builds on the previous economic strategies of the Strategic Economic Plan (SEP) and the Local Industrial Strategy (LIS), acknowledging the strengths and challenges of the economy. It also considers the earlier 2050 vision work but sets a new context to offer opportunity to all while ensuring climate change commitments are achieved as we transition to a carbon-net zero economy. 

The engagement document takes a short- and long-term view of what a successful county should look like, and it will lead to a full strategy being produced later in the year. So far, we have identified a set of countywide economic priorities and actions along with delivery priorities which will be effectively monitored over time. We consider the economy through two lenses – place and people. Both of these require investment in order to deliver opportunities for all of our communities in a sustainable environment. The proposals outlined also ensures that the views of business continue to be heard in key decisions about the economy. 

The full strategy will be completed by December 2023. It is intended that it will provide a roadmap that is helpful to all partners to support the production of their own future strategies and investment propositions. In sharing this initial document with you, we are keen to hear your views. These views will enable us to develop a full strategy in the autumn.

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