Building on the firm foundations laid by the GBEB over the past twelve months under Councillor Jason Kitcat’s Chairmanship, I am looking forward to a year of continued growth and development across the entire City region, says Councillor Neil Parkin, Leader of Adur District Council and Chairman of the Greater Brighton Economic Board 2015 – 16.
As representatives of all of the key sectors in the Greater Brighton area, it is incumbent on us to work across our borders for the benefit of the whole region, from Worthing in the west to Newhaven in the east. Having already leveraged funding of over £18million into the region, I can see the clear benefits of working together as one on to develop common solutions to issues which affect us all.
Over the next 12 months, we will lead programmes in developments and physical enhancements for the direct benefit of our residents and businesses, improving our social and economic fortunes alongside our regional presence on the international stage. We will get ourselves ready for the next round of Regional Growth Funding, being proactive in developing projects which will result in skills for our businesses and jobs for our communities.
We are on the cusp of many great things happening and I feel that this is a time to be bold; to speak with one voice and act with one mind behind a strong Greater Brighton Economic Board brand.
Together, we will achieve long-term sustainable growth. This is the tone already set for the City Region, and this is the tone I shall continue to take during my year as your Chairman.
Together, we will become recognised as a City region which delivers on its promises.
Together, we will achieve more.