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
"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.