A new board is being established to drive forward economic growth in Clackmannanshire, as the City Region Deal progresses. The role of the group is to develop an inclusive economic growth strategy for Clackmannanshire as part of the wider City Deal. It will explore and develop partnership arrangements which maximise the economic potential of the area and its residents.
‘The Clackmannanshire Commission’, agreed at today’s meeting of the Council, will be a partnership of local public, private and third sector organisations acting as an advisory board, guiding investment and project development and prioritisation.
It follows last month’s confirmation by the UK and Scottish Governments that they are investing over £90 million in Stirling and Clackmannanshire through an ambitious City Region Deal.
This deal will unlock economic opportunities across the whole of the region, delivering new and up-skilled jobs across a range of sectors.
Council Leader Ellen Forson said: “I am delighted that we have agreed today to establish the Clackmannanshire Commission, building on the momentum of last month’s announcement. The role of the board will be to develop projects for recommendation to Council and the joint City Deal board in relation to the £8 million Clackmannanshire Fund from the UK Government and the £26.1 million funding stream the Scottish Government has made available. The Commission will act as champions and ambassadors for Clackmannanshire within the context of the wider City Deal.”
Membership of the Clackmannanshire Commission will include councillors, representatives of the third sector, the business community, the education sector and other relevant agencies.
This new group will operate alongside the Stirling City Commission as part of the overall governance arrangements for the City Region Deal.