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Jul 7, 2017

A new level of focus will be placed on keeping jobs and tenders in the Pilbara with the appointment of a Local Content Officer at the Pilbara Development Commission.

The new role will enhance the Commission’s existing local business support, and aligns with agency’s strategy to build a robust and diverse small to medium business sector.

Pilbara Development Commission Manager Strategy and Knowledge Justin Fromm, who will lead the program in the Pilbara, said the Commission had been active in this space for a number of years.

“This new program will enhance our existing efforts to support small business and will also provide some benchmarks for the Pilbara against regional WA,” Mr Fromm said.

“There are strong linkages to the region’s business incubator network which is currently being established to support start-ups and expanding businesses.”

“There is a wealth of talent and entrepreneurial spirit in the Pilbara already, this is a great opportunity to ensure we are maximising this talent locally.”

The role will include support for businesses writing tenders, promoting local employment opportunities and establishing a regional capability database.

Government jobs and tender portals are also front and centre on the Commission’s website homepage, making it easier for local businesses to search for opportunities.

“I’m looking forward to upskilling alongside my regional development colleagues later this month and bringing new knowledge and opportunities back to the Pilbara to support our local businesses,” Mr Fromm said.

Further information about the program will be provided in the Commission’s newsletter, website and through local Chamber of Commerce as the program is rolled out in the Pilbara.

Since 2015, the Commission has facilitated more than $8 million in funding through 40 local business support projects and initiatives including the Warlu Way Tourism Conference, Creative Business Development Series, East Pilbara Co-working and Innovation Centre, and the Cheeditha Art Glass Enterprise.

The Minister for Regional Development announced the Regional Development Commissions' refocus on local jobs today.

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