A £1.13bn jobs and infrastructure programme took a major step forward today as the Glasgow City Region agreed to develop a manifesto for economic development and growth.
Leaders of the eight local authorities in the region also agreed to take on responsibility for focusing on new priority areas of work that will help deliver the 28,000 new jobs the City Deal is expected to deliver for the region.
It came as new branding and a website for the Glasgow City Region City Deal was launched.
Councillor Frank McAveety, Leader of Glasgow City Council and chair of the City Deal Cabinet, said:
“The Glasgow City Region City Deal is fundamentally about jobs and prosperity for all of the communities we serve.
It’s much more than just an infrastructure project – it’s about improving lives and providing opportunities for everyone who lives and works here, or who does business here.
The Glasgow City Region is the economic powerhouse of Scotland so we want to be at the forefront of shaping and leading the long-term future of the area.
Our cabinet speaks with a single voice and that’s reflected in our new brand, which captures the unity of purpose and strength our combined authorities represent.
We’ll deliver a manifesto later this year which will set out our aspirations for how we want the City Region to maximise its economic potential.
We welcome that there’s a debate opening up about a host of issues, such as regional economic partnerships, and we’ll work with all of our key partners in government and national and regional agencies as we help shape the future landscape.”