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Welsh Affairs Committee considers best practices for growth deals

05 July 2019

Background

City and growth deals are designed to promote decentralisation across the country and stimulate local economic growth through improved employment, business support, housing, transport and investments. The Welsh Affairs Committee is currently examining the two existing city deals, along with further proposals that would, if finalised, mean that city and growth deals cover the whole of Wales. 

Purpose of the session

In this session the Committee will take evidence from three experts with experience of structuring, advising on and reviewing growth and city deals in the UK. The panel has expertise in connectivity, urban economic development policy and technology.

The session will cover topics such as the criteria for a successful growth or city deal, the importance of transport infrastructure and the implementation of various aspects of deals. 

In the second panel, the Committee will receive an update on the proposal for the mid-Wales growth deal from the Chair and Vice Chair of the Growing Mid Wales Partnership and the Chief Executive of Ceredigion County Council. 

The Committee will consider the length of time taken to finalise the proposal, which is now almost two years after the Chancellor announced that he would be open to funding a deal, the central priorities of the deal and whether the proposal will contain a flagship project. 

Witnesses

Tuesday 9 July, Wilson Room, Portcullis House

Panel One – at approx. 2.15pm

  • Professor Mark Barry – Professor of Practice in Connectivity, Cardiff University 
  • Andrew Carter – Chief Executive, Centre for Cities 
  • Robin Davis – Director, Actica Consulting

Panel Two – at approx. 3pm

  • Councillor Ellen ap Gwynn – Chair, Growing Mid Wales Partnership 
  • Councillor Rosemarie Harris – Vice-Chair, Growing Mid Wales Partnership 
  • Eifion Evans – Chief Executive, Ceredigion County Council
  • Nigel Brinn, Corporate Director, Economy and Environment, Powys County Council

Further information

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