Borderlands Conference to be held in Dumfries and Galloway

The first conference of the Borderlands Inclusive Growth Deal is to be held at the Easterbrook Hall, Dumfries on the 18th of June.
The conference will bring together the Borderlands Partnership, which comprises of the five Borderlands Local Authorities: Dumfries and Galloway Council; Carlisle City Council; Cumbria County Council; Scottish Borders Council; and Northumberland County Council.
Attending on the day will be keynote speakers from both local and national politicians and relevant Stakeholders who will discuss and enhance the proposals which will be made to both the UK and Scottish governments later this year.
The Borderlands Inclusive Growth Deal aims to tackle our area’s economic challenges – the need for more people to live within the region, continued and improved support for existing businesses, and to make our area the place of choice for new businesses.

Leader of Dumfries and Galloway Council, Elaine Murray said: “Our Council is seeking to attract significant investment for this project from both the Scottish and Westminster Governments. We are investing significant staff time and financial resources in taking this work forward. Our Council has provided £150K this year to support the development of the Borderlands Inclusive Growth Deal. Our ambition is for this investment to be transformational for our local economy.
“We will use the Deal to deliver our ambition to develop a whole system approach to the generation and utilisation of energy across the significant geography of our region. This vision would encompass a range of technologies and commercial and community investments in existing and future capacity.
“We want to see next generation hyperfast Broadband across our region along with 4G mobile infrastructure. We plan to exploit our region’s energy assets and develop a comprehensive approach to place investment.
“We are delighted to be holding this important event here in Dumfries and Galloway. The Borderlands Inclusive Growth Deal is a huge opportunity and has the potential to transform our region.
Rob Davidson, Depute Leader of Dumfries and Galloway Council, went on to say:
“By working together with our neighbouring Local Authorities, we can focus on ways to make the whole area more attractive to investors, visitors and those who may wish to come and live here.
Through improved infrastructure, broadband connections and support schemes, the Borderlands Inclusive Growth Deal will improve the lives of all of us by providing lasting benefits for everyone who lives works and visits here, and this conference will bring us all together under one roof to discuss our ideas and plans.”

The conference will take place between 9am and 3.30pm. Places can be booked via www.borderlandsgrowth.com/get-involved

The Borderlands partners continue to meet key stakeholders on an ongoing basis. If you would like to discuss opportunities, ideas and possible working relationships, or would just like more information, visit the Partnership website www.BorderlandsGrowth.com or email [email protected]

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