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SPECTRA shines a light on the potential for Aberdeen events

When the visitor numbers for SPECTRA arrived in my inbox earlier this week it confirmed what we already knew – once again Aberdeen’s festival of light had been an overwhelming success. More than 63,000 people attended the four day programme – almost double the attendance from 2016 and continuing the year on year growth of […]
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A time for heroes

If the mark of a city is its degree of global influence, Aberdeen should be rightly celebrated. Provost Skene’s House is being redeveloped as a new visitor attraction under the City Centre Masterplan to tell the story of local people who helped transform the wider world. And there are lots! From scientists to sporting champions, […]
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Busy start to the year puts plans for Aberdeen in the spotlight

With the holiday period feeling like a distant memory, the focus is firmly fixed on the programme for the weeks, months and year ahead. The Council enjoyed a very productive 2016 and that trend has continued in the New Year, with a busy start to January which will undoubtedly be a sign of things to […]
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Union Terrace Gardens plans take important step forward

As I write, work is taking place on proposals for enhancing the wonderful green oasis that is Union Terrace Gardens.

Planning for a prosperous future for all

    Prosperity is a word so often used but not always understood. For example, what does a prosperous Aberdeen look like? That is a question that has been under particular scrutiny for some time now, put in sharp focus by the obvious economic issues facing our city since the oil and gas downturn began […]
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What a line-up at this year’s International Youth Festival

The 2016 International Youth Festival has started and what an amazing line-up there is on offer. There really is something for everyone with theatre, dance, opera and contemporary, jazz, classical and traditional music and the best feature about the festival is of course the youngsters taking part. Their enthusiasm and love for their art form […]
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Oil Summit will future-proof North East economy for generations to come

Last Thursday I hosted a meeting of the leading players in oil and gas – who came together to review the steps agreed at last year’s event, and consider any new actions which will sustain and anchor our oil and gas economy to Aberdeen. The summit was a small, round table discussion involving all the […]
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Aberdeen regeneration will help cement the City’s position as ‘Northern Powerhouse’

The massive programme of regeneration underway in the city will reaffirm Aberdeen’s position as Scotland’s ‘northern powerhouse’ and help mitigate the effects of the North Sea crisis. Rather than sit back and do nothing while the downturn casts a dark cloud over the city, we at Aberdeen City Council have sprung into action with an […]
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Aberdeen City Council stars celebrated at awards ceremony

  The people of Aberdeen are unique. There’s a kindness, compassion and ability to empathise with others. I believe those qualities are embodied in the 8,500 staff who work for Aberdeen City Council. They are among the most dedicated workforce in the country and it’s seeing first-hand the work they do on a day-to-day basis […]
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Visionary Leadership Driving Massive Success in Aberdeen Schools

We all know that our young people are the lifeblood of the city and seeing so many of our schools being recognised for their visionary leadership and dedication to advancement gives me great hope for the future of our city. I visited Riverbank Primary School in Tillydrone last week to celebrate Unicef’s decision to award […]
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