The State Government has thrown its support behind a $1 million program to boost jobs and local business opportunities in the Redland and Logan region through new innovation hubs and education centres.
Minister for Innovation Leeanne Enoch says the government will support the project led by the Redland City Council with funding of $500,000 over three years through its $6 million Advancing Regional Innovation Program (ARIP).
11 ARIP partners, including Logan City Council, Griffith University, Little Tokyo 2 innovation hub, and the Redland City Chamber of Commerce will match the state’s funding.
“The Redland and Logan ARIP has a robust, multipronged approach to fostering business growth that includes the establishment of innovation hubs and a series of innovation summits and entrepreneurial events.”
Redland and Logan ARIP coordinator Frank Pearce said he was looking forward to working with other partners to “develop a suite of programs that engage a broad spectrum of our local communities in innovation activities that will provide lasting benefit”.
“We are particularly excited about deepening our links into the local education community, giving local young people pathways into digital futures.”
Redland City Mayor Karen Williams says innovation was at the core of Redland City Council’s service delivery, with smart cities and digital connectivity a strategic priority.
“By collaborating with Logan, innovative businesses and the State Government, it will ensure our local innovators are well placed to grow their ideas, as well as their business networks.”
Visit the Advancing Regional Innovation Program (http://advance.qld.gov.au/small-business/advancing- regional-innovation.aspx) for more details on ARIP, or contact Frank Pearce on 0427 646 776 or firstname.lastname@example.org