GROW Updates

Minister visits GROW

Posted on September 22, 2017 in GROW Updates

The Victorian State Government matched the first five years of Give Where You Live Foundation’s funding for GROW with a commitment of $1 million. On Friday, 15 September, Minister for Regional Development Jaala Pulford and Member for Geelong Christine Couzens met with GROW signatories to hear practical examples of how they are using local procurement and targeted employment...

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Regional Procurement Action Plan

Posted on August 28, 2017 in GROW Updates

In 2015, we appointed ArcBlue to undertake a comprehensive consultancy, modelling the opportunity for local and social procurement in our region, with 180 businesses participating. With our GROW partners, we launched the Regional Plan in 2016 to work jointly towards these targets for 2020: Moving 7% of the G21 Regional expenditure from non-local to local suppliers...

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Target 100 with Localised

Posted on June 30, 2017 in GROW Updates

GROW and our partner Localised, G21 region’s online supplier platform, are launching Target 100 – 100 projects in 100 days. We are encouraging all organisations who are committed to supporting local businesses and suppliers, to post a project on Localised and contribute to the economic and social prosperity of the Geelong region. It’s a great...

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2017 GROW Report Card #1

Posted on May 25, 2017 in GROW Updates

The GROW Report Card event on May 3 revealed the impact of the GROW Compact Signatories through their local procurement and recruitment over the last financial year. The measurements showed: 72 employment outcomes for GROW target communities, including traineeships and apprenticeships (provided by GROW Compact Signatories) 9.34% shift to local procurement, or $23.88m into the region...

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Register on Localised

Posted on February 27, 2017 in GROW Updates

GROW has partnered with Localised to deliver the local supplier platform the region has been asking for. This exciting new local initiative will assist GROW to deliver increased local and social procurement by enabling our GROW partners to: Discover and connect with local suppliers Get quotes from local suppliers on current procurements Notify local suppliers...

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GROW partners with Localised

Posted on November 24, 2016 in GROW Updates

GROW is excited to announce a new partnership with local startup, Localised, to launch the G21 Region local supplier portal. Developing a region-wide supplier portal is a key recommendation of the GROW Regional Action Plan and GROW is excited to be partnering with a local Geelong business to deliver on this action. Every year billions...

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More GROW signatories!

Posted on November 18, 2016 in GROW Updates

GROW is continuing to expand our partners across the G21 Region, with 8 new organisations signing the GROW Compact and joining our collective efforts to address disadvantage. At the recent Give Where You Live annual general meeting, the following organisations were awarded their GROW Compact certificates for committing to the principles of local and social...

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Colac Demand-led Employment Project

Posted on October 28, 2016 in GROW Updates

Colac job seekers will benefit from recently-announced state government funding to deliver the Colac Demand-led Employment Project. Give Where You Live Foundation CEO, Bill Mithen, said the funds would enable Colac job seekers to better access employment opportunities in the town, through tailored support and training designed to meet specific employer needs. “The $620,000 Jobs...

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For the Locals, by the Locals

Posted on September 16, 2016 in GROW Updates

About Baptcare Baptcare has provided care services to the Victorian community for more than 70 years and is thrilled to be making a multi-million dollar commitment to build 52 affordable rental houses, a 90 bed aged care facility and a large community hub with a café for locals to meet in, right in the heart...

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Welcome new GROW Compact signatories

Posted on September 15, 2016 in GROW Updates

On September 16, GROW awarded certificates to ten organisations who are signing the GROW Compact – committing to integrating the GROW principles (that a prosperous community cares for the well-being of all its members) into their own values and daily operations. GROW is encouraging all businesses and organisations in the G21 Region to join with...

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