Councils Share Vision for Jobs, Skills and Inclusive Growth

Glasgow City Region Economic Strategy & Action Plan

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EIGHT Scottish councils today launched an ambitious joint economic action plan, kick-starting an unprecedented long-term collaboration on jobs, skills and inclusive growth.

The move, a first in Scotland, will see authorities across the Glasgow City Region pursue a common economic strategy between now and the year 2035.

Working together, the group is targeting 100,000 extra jobs; 6,500 new businesses, and big improvements in qualifications, training and skills.

Councils also aim to bring thousands of hectares of vacant and derelict land into use and support the building of 110,000 new homes across the region.

Authorities across the city region formally agreed the joint strategy and action plan today, before presenting details to business and education leaders at a networking event at The Lighthouse, Scotland's centre for design and architecture.

The eight authorities participating in the joint strategy are East Dunbartonshire Council; East Renfrewshire Council; Glasgow City Council; Inverclyde Council; North Lanarkshire Council; Renfrewshire Council; South Lanarkshire Council and West Dunbartonshire Council - existing partners in the Glasgow City Region City Deal, along with Scottish and UK governments.

However, the new project builds on and extends that collaboration - with authorities working more closely than ever before.

This means not only committing to a shared strategy, but agreeing to joint decision-making; integrated service delivery, and aligning resources to avoid duplication.

The plan identifies key priorities for the region's economy; along with 50 specific actions, both short and long-term, to deliver them.

The new Regional Economic Strategy and Action Plan can be downloaded at http://www.glasgowcityregion.co.uk/

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