One of the major assets of the Adelaide Hills is its quality of life and country atmosphere, both for residents and visitors. Therefore, "development" in the Adelaide Hills is a more sensitive issue than in many other regions. Council and business groups actively promote the economic development and growth of the area, consistent with its environmental, social and cultural needs.
The Adelaide Hills Council's role in the development of business in the area can be further accessed in the Council section and Development page of this site.
Businesses are assisted by the active roles of business groups and the Adelaide Hills Regional Development Board. Business groups actively encourage and assist businesses to establish themselves, to take advantage of business services already present in the area, with networking, business seminars and promotional activities. A business requesting assistance can be assured of extensive resources and referrals to expert advice.
Traditionally the Adelaide Hills has been a producer of apples, pears, cherries and a wide range of vegetables. Its "clean green" image and produce has established strong export markets. As a producer of premium, cool climate wines, the Adelaide Hills region has seen a marked increase in vineyard and winery investment. A large number of light industries compete effectively in the local and interstate markets. Service industries and a variety of information technology companies, are fast becoming a part of the region's business mix. Tourism based on wine and food, cultural attractions, events and festivals continues to gain momentum. Conventions, conferences and short stay visitors are all catered for to the highest standard.
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