Angus Council will appoint dedicated specialist staff to the task of helping to deliver the multi-million pound economic boost that the Tay Cities Region Deal will bring.
The two new officers will work with colleagues and partners to ensure that Angus reaps the investment and rewards of the Deal through new jobs, investment in tourism, broadband, infrastructure, workforce training and manufacturing.
Angus Council, in partnership with Dundee, Fife and Perth & Kinross councils, signed a heads of terms agreement with both UK and Scottish Governments in November last year. The Deal aims to grow the economy of the Tay Cities Region by bringing in £350 million of extra resources to the Region to help create 15,000 jobs and lever in £1.8 billion of additional funding to grow our economy.
Angus Council Leader, Cllr David Fairweather said: “Investment of this magnitude is a fantastic game changer for Angus as part of the Tay Cities Region Deal. We want to secure investment in engineering and manufacturing, in tourism and in skills development. We will make sure that infrastructure development takes place where it can be most effective and support our local businesses to grow, no matter where they are based – be it port or harbour, our towns or more rural areas and including our agricultural sector. Securing this investment will help us to achieve that.”
We have been working together with partners in recent years to pinpoint the areas of investment that will deliver the best chances of growth. These opportunities have been developed into outline cases to secure the commitment of Scottish and UK both governments.
The next stage is to invest in officers to progress the outline agreements into full business cases that will secure funding.
Depute Leader and Finance Convener, Cllr Angus Macmillan Douglas said: “By providing this resource for two officers within our budget, we will ensure our final business cases are robust and financially workable and assist us in unlocking this vital injection of new money.
“We are also seeking to set aside £4.5m of capital resources in our budget this year so that we can play our part as a local authority in delivering economic growth here in Angus and across the wider Tay Cities Region.”