The Economic Development Unit (EDU) of Council plays a leadership role in building economic capacity in the Port Stephens local government area including improvements to the investment climate and shaping a business enabling environment to enhance competitiveness, job creation and incomes.
EDU champions the strategic direction of Council’s Economic Development Policy to achieve long term growth and prosperity identified in the Economic Development Strategy (PDF 6MB).
With a keen eye on the local economy as well as broader macroeconomic issues, the Economic Development Unit provides a range of programs and services to promote a sustainable and diversified economy. This includes engagement, facilitation, support and activity in the following areas:
- investment attraction and job creation;
- place management and activation;
- business communication and events;
- economic data and advice, and
- business and industry support, growth and development.
To keep your finger on the pulse with what's happening in economic development join the BizLink network.
View our Economic Development Policy on our Policies page.
Find out about the number of helpful workshops for business happening close by, what networking-opportunities are coming up and learn about the array of other business related-events happening soon.
Stay up to date with the latest news from the world of business and what it means for you as a member of the Port Stephens business community.
Economic data and advice
Economic Development unit plays an important role in Council's strategic planning approach, providing input into land use planning, town centre strategies as well as guiding informed decision making through the provision of detailed economic data.
Join the BizLink network
Keep your finger on the pulse with everything that's happening in your Port Stephens economy, join the BizLink network.
Mayoral Academic Scholarships
Every year, the Mayoral Academic Scholarship Program offers scholarships generously sponsored by local business to students embarking on their first year of tertiary study.
Port Stephens Council is committed to working with the business community and other tiers of government to improve economic outcomes across the local government area.
Support for business and industry
There is a multitude of programs, services, business associations, mentoring and networking opportunities available to support business growth and success in Port Stephens, both Council and privately run.
Why invest in Port Stephens
Port Stephens is home to one of the Australia's fastest-growing aviation and defence hubs, has a long-established manufacturing sector, and is one of the east coast's most famous tourism destinations.