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Swansea Bay City Region Conference

A MAJOR conference has taken place to help promote the opportunities for economic regeneration presented by the new Swansea Bay City Region.

The conference on Friday (October 18) at the Towers Hotel in Jersey Marine brought together businesses across the region and representatives from the public sector.

The Swansea Bay City Region was launched in July this year as the first of its kind in Wales. Covering Swansea, Neath Port Talbot, Carmarthenshire and Pembrokeshire, it's aimed at creating jobs, boosting prosperity and encouraging inward investment.

A Swansea Bay City Region website has also been launched to coincide with the conference. The website includes news and information about the City Region's key aims.

Cllr David Phillips, Leader of Swansea Council and Chairman of the Swansea Bay City Region, said: "Economic growth in South West Wales has been consistently below that of the UK and Wales. This matters because we're losing ground to the rest of Wales and the UK and, over time, we will become less wealthy than our neighbours.

"In economic terms, size matters - and with a population of over 700,000, the Swansea Bay City Region can provide the necessary scale to tackle economic regeneration differently.

"We've already started work on a plan to implement an economic regeneration strategy to identify potential projects for each of our five key aims. The task now is to engage with businesses and other interested parties to identify the priorities for the Swansea Bay City Region so that we're ready for new funding programmes in future. This conference is important because it's one of a series of events that will help inform how we move forward.

"The website is important too because it outlines what the City Region is all about and will include details of progress over coming months and years."

Some of the key aims of the Swansea Bay City Region are to develop a more entrepreneurial culture across the region, improve attainment and ambition in our lowest performing schools, generate job opportunities for all and develop strong international connections and partnerships.

Have a look at http://www.swanseabaycityregion.com/ for more information.