Regional development is economic development within a defined geographic (or other) area. Like economic development, it requires you to know where you want to be, or what you want to achieve.

Often it involves understanding where you currently are, your resources and areas of comparative advantage, and the environment that you are operating in.

BERL has detailed regional datasets that can identify what is happening in your regional economy – past and present. We can even provide scenarios on how your regional economy might look at some point in the future.

Applying frameworks that incorporate latest thinking and approaches, we can work with you to achieve your regional development objectives.

If you wish to find out more, we are more than happy to talk to you.

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Population projections are what they aren’t

Wednesday October 10, 2012 Jason Leung-Wai

SNZ has released its latest population projections, which sees pockets of growth in Auckland, Tauranga, Selwyn and Queenstown. The rest of the country has tepid growth, while the Central North Island sees population decline. The question has been asked, “Is this a realistic projection?”

Buller tops BERL Regional Rankings in 2011

Friday March 30, 2012 Jason Leung-Wai

The BERL regional rankings compare the performance of individual local authorities, regions and cities across four short term, four medium term, and one long term indicator of economic activity. The indicators used are population, employment, GDP and businesses (for the latest year and the five year average), and a Relative Openness Index (which measures the composition of industry within the region).