Since being established in February 2018, GROW Gippsland has seen significant achievements from partner organisations, including more than 70 Compact Members, many of whom attended today's first online GROW Gippsland 'Scorecard' event.
GROW Gippsland is already seeing signs of success, with 35 members reported having offered job opportunities to priority jobs seekers including young people, Aboriginal people and people with a disability, while a further 26 have offered work placement opportunities.
As part of GROW Gippsland, more than 1,000 local businesses are now using the Gippsland Business Connect platform to market themselves, find local providers, and grow their business through increased local revenue.
“GROW Gippsland is part of a long-term strategy to transition our community and economy and we are pleased to see early signs that the changes made by Compact Members are having a huge collective impact for our region," said Latrobe Valley Authority CEO, Karen Cain.
A new digital portal was also launched today - providing Compact Member organisations with one easy place to access resources which will support their commitment to redirect spending back into Gippsland and employing inclusively.
The portal is part of the state-wide GROW portal which has a presence across Victoria, including Gippsland, Geelong, Bendigo, Ballarat and Shepparton.
Funded by the Latrobe Valley Authority and Regional Development Victoria, GROW Gippsland is continuing to work with both local organisations and ones with significant contracts in the region to ensure their spend contributes to the Gippsland economy.
For more information about the GROW Gippsland program, visit growgippsland.com.au