Category Archives: City Region Deal

Aberdeen City Region Deal gathers momentum

When the Aberdeen City Region Deal was signed back in 2016, it was landmark moment.    A partnership between Aberdeen City Council, Aberdeenshire Council, the UK Government, the Scottish Government and private sector organisation Opportunity North East (ONE), the Deal’s 10-year programme is potentially worth in excess of £800 million.   To date we have seen investment in the […]
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Economic report will provide a springboard for ambitious plans

Today we marked the launch of the first annual report by the independent panel formed to advise on the Aberdeen city region’s economic performance – and the signs are incredibly encouraging. The panel has pointed towards the optimism they encountered as they pulled together evidence from a wide range of sectors and has underlined the […]
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New report to put Aberdeen’s economy under the microscope

Every green shoot of recovery in Aberdeen in the years since the oil and gas downturn hit hardest has been welcomed locally. The optimism that accompanies the city’s revival has replaced the pessimism that came with the sharp shock to the regional economy that has had a deep and lasting impact on the region. With […]
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A month of positive progress

September has been a month of positive progress updates from very different strands of our plans for the city. It was a real privilege to return to Stoneywood School to meet pupils and staff and find out how well they have settled in to their new surroundings. The last time I was at the site, the […]
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Fortnite, the Grand Canyon and Aberdeen’s digital future

Fortnite, the Grand Canyon and Aberdeen’s digital future. They may seem like three very different subject matters, but all three came together this week at an event to mark the roll-out of the build programme for the city’s most significant digital infrastructure project. I had the pleasure of representing the Council as CityFibre celebrated progress […]
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Embracing opportunities as Scotland’s gigabit city

  Wednesday was a hugely important day as a £40million investment by CityFibre to make Aberdeen the country’s first gigabit city was announced. The real significance of the project will be felt for many years to come and it should give residents and businesses great confidence about what the future holds. As a Council we […]
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Aberdeen rolls out the welcome mat for Offshore Europe

Co-leader Douglas Lumsden looks forward to a busy Offshore Europe programme.

Casting the net for businesses to support harbour expansion

In recent years Aberdeen City Council’s role in driving the economic development of the region has been put in sharp focus and a great deal of work has been done to fulfil that vital function. There is a service dedicated to economic development, with a vast and varied remit ranging from high profile projects – […]
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A month in the life of Aberdeen City Council shows transformation in action

We recently welcomed delegates from across Scotland as Aberdeen City Council played host to the first joint conference hosted by the Economic Development Association of Scotland and Scottish Local Authorities Economic Development. The country’s leading experts attended to share knowledge and experiences, with the shared goal of driving economic development throughout the country. By way […]
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Aberdeen City Region Deal is a vital piece in the transformation jigsaw

Last week I sat down with representatives from our four partners to put pen to paper on the Aberdeen City Region deal. The signing ceremony put the final seal on a process which will bring £250million of investment from the UK Government and Scottish Government and serve as the catalyst for a programme which we […]
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