Cabinet Secretary for Economy, Jobs and Fair Work Keith Brown MSP today met with senior officials from Stirling Council and Clackmannanshire Council as negotiations on Stirling and Clackmannanshire's City Region Deal continue.
The City Region Deal sets out an ambitious transformation programme to deliver a healthier, wealthier and greener future for the Stirling and Clackmannanshire area.
Economy Secretary Keith Brown said: "The Scottish Government is committed to a city region deal for Stirling and Clackmannanshire, which is an opportunity to unlock investment, boost inclusive economic growth and invest in infrastructure for the entire region. It was a useful opportunity to meet the council leaders to hear about their plans as negotiations continue. We are currently working through the detail of the proposals with the regional partners to make sure that we get the best outcomes for businesses and communities and I look forward to agreeing a deal in due course."
Clackmannanshire Council Leader Les Sharp said, "The City Region Deal bid is a real opportunity to make a significant boost to the local economy and for all our residents to benefit from sustainable, high quality employment that our projects will provide. It's potentially a long-term investment for the area and I am delighted that the Cabinet Secretary took time out of his busy diary to hear more about our plans first hand."
Stirling Council Leader Scott Farmer said, "It was great to welcome the Cabinet Secretary to Stirling today - we appreciate him taking the time to hear about our plans for Stirling and Clackmannanshire first hand. Our City Region Deal will make sure Stirling becomes a world class destination and a place of opportunity for all our residents. Negotiations with the Scottish and UK Governments continue to progress well as we work towards a Heads of Terms Agreement."