Category Archives: Economy

An opportunity to take stock of community planning progress

  The continued success of Community Planning Aberdeen is something the Council and all of our partners strive for. That collaborative approach was at the heart of a really valuable event earlier this month. The CPA Taking Stock session involved all key stakeholders and offered the chance to review the progress of the Partnership since the […]
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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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Invest Aberdeen showcases our city on the global stage

Last week I had the pleasure of attending the official launch of Invest Aberdeen – this week we have seen the new inward investment hub in action. The team has been formed as a joint venture between Aberdeen City Council and Aberdeenshire Council with ambitious goals for attracting significant investment in the city region. Last week’s […]
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Latest step in realising our vision for £333million event complex

  This week’s announcement of The Event Complex Aberdeen as the name chosen for the new venue is an important milestone for the project. The Council is investing £333million in providing a world class facility that will be the envy of cities the length and breadth of Britain and far further afield. SMG, as the […]
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Summer season brings the next wave of exciting city events

The streets of Aberdeen were brought to life at the weekend for Grampian Pride and it was a fantastic occasion to be part of. It promised to unite our communities in a way that has never happened before – and certainly delivered. With a march, stalls, information about LGBT+ organisations and services as well as […]
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Awards recognise Marischal Square’s key role in breathing new life into the heart of the city

  The news that Marischal Square has been honoured by the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) and at the Scottish Property Awards (SPA) represents two more feathers in the cap for a landmark development. The complex was recognised at the RICS annual awards for Scotland late last month, winning the Regeneration category in the […]
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2018/19 budget will protect services in the face of funding challenges

  Earlier this month the full Council met to set the 2018/19 budget. Every year the task becomes more difficult as we attempt to balance increasing demand for our services with reduced funding. Since being elected in 2007 I’ve attended 11 budget meetings. At each of those meetings the fact Aberdeen is the lowest funded […]
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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’s stock market achievement takes centre stage

This month we will welcome delegates to the city for an event which will put Aberdeen’s success in financial innovation firmly in the spotlight. By hosting the Bond Investments conference on 27 February we will be able to share the knowledge that has set our city apart. When Aberdeen City Council became the first local […]
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