The Economic Development service leads on a range of programmes and services to support sustainable economic growth, active travel, public transport and tourism.
The service delivers the following core elements of activity:
Business and Tourism
Strategic Development and Regeneration
Transport and Access
Mugdock Country Park
One of the main challenges in East Dunbartonshire is economic growth and recovery. Although employment and economic activity rates are high, the East Dunbartonshire workforce is heavily reliant on the wider economy of surrounding areas. There is consensus that more needs to be done to encourage economic development within East Dunbartonshire in order to decrease the reliance on the surrounding economy for employment opportunities.
Attracting inward investment by making accessible and attractive business locations and premises available in the area would go some way to address this situation and ensure more local jobs are available for residents.
A range of initiatives continue to be used to support development of business and regeneration in local areas, most recently the development of the Hillhead Community Centre. In Kirkintilloch a Masterplan has been developed and is in the initial implementation stages whilst in Milngavie the Council and its partners are supporting traders with a second Business Improvement District (BID) process.