As you may have noticed through media reports, online and from the social media traffic today has seen a major step forward on the Aberdeen City Region Deal with the signing at the Town House of a document that commits the UK and the Scottish Governments to a joint (50/50) investment of £250 million in the delivery of Deal proposals over the next 10 years.
You can read the document here
I don’t want to use this blog post to repeat what you will no doubt see in the media over the coming days, what I do want to do is pay tribute to all the officers of this Council and Aberdeenshire Council, all the officials of the UK and Scottish Governments and all those who work for our partners for the work that they have done over the past year to bring the Deal to the point we reached today. It turned out to be a long slog for many weeks and months followed by a high intensity burst of activity over a few very long days and I am immensely proud of the team and what has been achieved.
I must in particular mention by name both Richard Sweetnam, our Head of Economic Development and Belinda Miller, Head of Economic Development at Aberdeenshire Council for their tireless efforts in marshalling all the information and the supporting data necessary to convince the Governments of the merits of our case. Their work was rightly recognised publicly by Sir Ian Wood at this afternoon’s event.
Today of course is just a beginning, there is a great deal of work to be done not only in relation to the City Region Deal but also following the other announcements made today by both the Scottish and the UK Government. The team has shown that it will be more than a match for the challenges ahead.