Experts in local economic development.


Our Work

We’re here to help your local economy thrive. 

NDP is a specialised economic development consultancy. We exist to prepare, deliver and evaluate economic development plans, programs and projects.

Having many years of practical experience in senior roles, we know what works and what doesn’t in any given situation. And with a strong academic background covering many fields, NDP can assist with every stage of the planning cycle and turbulent economic times.

We appreciate that every local economy is unique. That’s why we invest time to listen, analyse and craft customised strategies and initiatives that grasp market realities and address community needs.

With a wide network of economic development professionals, NDP will put your business, organisation or local economy on a credible path to success.

Contact us and we’d be happy to discuss your economic development project ideas further with you.


Economic Development Plans

Night Time Economy Plans

Visitor Economy Plans

Investment Attraction Plans

Business Recovery Plans

Business Surveys

Business Engagement

Workshop Facilitation

Recent Work


“Canterbury Bankstown engaged Nathan to write our Night Time Economy Action Plan 2021 – 2026. Nathan was very skilful and used his experience and knowledge to accurately interpret what we were asking for and needed in our brief.

As part of the process of developing the Plan, there was a period of consultation with businesses. This was managed very efficiently and gave us some great insight which directly informed the Plan.

Nathan delivered on time and to budget. The Plan was exactly what we needed and drew praise from inside our organisation for both content and structure. Nathan further expressed his own integrity in challenging some of the edits we wanted to make, and because of this we ended up with a much improved document.

I would highly recommend Nathan as an experienced, committed, customer-focussed, and very engaged consultant.”

Mike Thomas
Manager City Business and Engagement
Canterbury Bankstown

“The Hawkesbury Business Recovery Plan received was much more than expected. The format is professional and the research thorough. The plan was delivered well and truly in the time frame agreed. Hawkesbury Council have been very happy with your service.”

Amanda Kearney
City Design & Economic Development Manager
Hawkesbury City Council 

“In May 2021 we were preparing a response to a local government Development Application on an industrial site beside our Factory Business Complex. We realised that we needed professional help in regard to complex zoning and environmental issues and were referred to Nathan Pratt from NDP Economic Development. Nathan made time for us in his schedule on short notice and listened to our concerns, reviewed relevant documents, visited our site and the neighbourhood to gain a full understanding of the issues. With this information formulated a focussed strategy and worked with us to prepare a detailed submission for lodgement.

Nathan put in a huge effort and time to prepare this submission on short notice, brought the focus back to the fundamental issues and produced an outstanding document that is clear, precise in it’s argument but simply for all to understand. Nathan’s knowledge and understanding of local government town, environmental and strategic planning and the relevant legislation as well as listening to us and taking time to visit our site resulted in an outstanding submission that we could not have achieved without his help.”

Strata Management Committee
SP 61065
Sydney, NSW

“Wagga Wagga City Council engaged NDP to develop a new economic development strategy. We were attracted to NDP because of their knowledge skills and experience in this area and most importantly their appreciation and understanding of regional areas and the opportunities and challenges that regional areas face.

Nathan and the team were great to work with and provided a very positive engaging approach working with us, key business and industry stakeholders and the community. NDP listened and responded to the feedback and direction provided rather than coming in with a fixed approach and dictating what was needed. We found this a very refreshing and engaging approach that has provided a quality outcome that is relevant and responds to our regional position and role.

Nathan’s experience and knowledge in local government helped him engage with our internal teams and Councillors. Not all organisations work the same and understanding and appreciating local government and the environment that exists around local government was a great asset for us and our community. This helped generate buy in and trust around the project.”

Michael Keys
Director Regional Activation
Wagga Wagga City Council

“Rob and Nathan, thank you so much for your expertise, time, patience and wonderful work ethic. It was a real pleasure to have worked with you both on this project. Nothing seemed to phase either of you when we brought you questions, changes, tight deadlines and so much more.”

Sarah Rowe
Manager Economic Development
City of Whittlesea

“Dungog Shire Council engaged NDP to prepare our new Economic Development Plan. NDP conducted all the statistical analysis, stakeholder consultation and strategy formation from start to finish. Rather than the usual ‘cookie-cutter approach’, the team at NDP interviewed 50 local business owners, participated in two business and tourism forums, conducted three workshops with our advisory committee, and visited key business and tourism sites all to ensure they properly understood the nuances of our local economy. NDP has a great sense of capturing the sentiment of the people he works with and of communicating this in a clear manner. Nathan was a pleasure to work with and Council has received positive feedback from the business community. We were very happy with the finished product and would recommend NDP to other councils seeking to update their plans.”

Daniel LeBlanc
Manager Economic Development
Dungog Shire Council

“Working with Nathan and his team at NDP Economic Development, alongside .ID Consulting, has been a great experience in developing our first Economic Development Strategy for Sydney’s Northern Beaches. Nathan’s understanding of local government role in economic development is exceptional and he was great at engaging our local businesses and councillors.”

Deb Kempe
Team Leader, Economic Development & Tourism
Northern Beaches Council

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