Aberdeenshire Council’s Policy & Resources Committee this week welcomed plans to establish innovative governance arrangements for the Aberdeen City Region Deal.
Councillors supported a recommendation for proposals to be developed to establish a joint committee with Aberdeen City Council (the Aberdeen City Region Deal Executive), to strengthen the joint ownership of the Deal that exists between both Councils and private sector.
It follows an announcement that Sir Ian Wood will chair the newly established Economic Leadership Board which will now play a vital role in supporting Aberdeen City and Aberdeenshire councils in securing and delivering the Aberdeen City Region Deal.
The Board will also be significantly focused on its original purpose – to set up sector groups to look at maximising the economic development opportunities in key industries like Oil & Gas, Food & Drink/Agriculture, Life Sciences and Tourism in the Region.
Co-Leader of Aberdeenshire Council Cllr Martin Kitts-Hayes said: “There’s already been an incredible response from businesses in the region to the Aberdeen City Region Deal, and it is our expectation that the engagement and support we’ve had so far will continue.”
The Aberdeen City Region Deal will look to improve transport links, digital connectivity and housing to meet the demands of a growing population throughout the city and shire.