The 'Edinburgh and South-East Scotland City Region' comprises six local authorities. 24% of the Scottish population live in this part of Scotland.
The six local authorities that make up the 'Edinburgh and South East
Scotland City Region' are working collectively on a bid to the Scottish
and Westminster Governments for a City Region Deal.
The City Region Deal is a mechanism for accelerating growth and
investing in success. By investing in infrastructure, skills and
innovation we will create a step change in economic performance, which
will generate funds to pay back this initial investment.
It is also
about greater autonomy and decision making powers for the region to make
public service delivery more effective and to tackle inequality and
deprivation across the region. Our ambition is to secure £1bn of funding
and it is estimated that an additional £3.2bn worth of private sector
investment could be leveraged if the bid is successful.
I've written generally about this issue before, via the local Newspaper - here ...
... and just last week, a News Briefing was held (some detail here) flagging-up that a long term vision of the region’s economy will be presented at a
Business Breakfast tomorrow (Monday 17th).
And a new City Region Deal website is now available here - do keep an eye on it over coming months, and please do sign-up and you'll be kept informed of progress: many thanks!