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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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.

Success in financial innovation will help transform our future

Last week brought one of the most significant announcements in the story of Aberdeen. We have become the first local authority in Scotland to launch and complete a bond issue – issuing £370million to invest in a brighter future.

Pride in our beautiful city

I have been fortunate in recent weeks to take part in a series of events that have made me really appreciate how fortunate we are to live in a stunning corner of the country. The annual Beautiful Scotland awards ceremony was hosted at the Beach Ballroom, with hundreds of nominees from across the land gathering […]
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Rejuvenating the heart of our city

This month saw the launch of Operation Union Street Rejuvenation, the first phase of a regeneration project being brought forward under the City Centre Masterplan. Early measures have included a deep clean of Union Street and the formation of a new Council taskforce to clean, fix and paint any problems which arise over the coming […]
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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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Taking the opportunity to celebrate our city’s third sector

On a summer weekend each year, individuals and groups from throughout the city join together with one common aim – to Celebrate Aberdeen. What began as a colourful parade has grown to become a two-day event with a packed programme of music and fun which attracts thousands of people. The sun shone on this year’s […]
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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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