It is wonderful to welcome business executive Peter Francis back to the Lake Macquarie fold, following his appointment last week as the chief executive of Dantia, the city’s economic development company.
Peter has had a diverse and successful business career, including his most recent role in trade and business development at the Port of Newcastle, but Lake Macquarie people will probably recognise him best as the former manager of Charlestown Square. Peter oversaw the $470m redevelopment of the shopping centre, which was completed in 2010, and his insight into the city and its economic and business capability will be a great asset in his new role.
Dantia was launched by Council in 2014 as an independent company with a mission to work with business, government, the community and partners to advance the sustainable economic prosperity of Lake Macquarie City.
I attended the Hunter Research Foundation Centre economic breakfast last week, at which the Lead Economist, Dr Anthea Bill, reported promising outcomes from the December quarter. She said business confidence in the region was strong and employment growing.
It is an exciting time for Lake Mac as we look to strengthen and diversify our economic profile and continue to enhance the city’s reputation as a great place to live and do business.