Cities and their regions play a central role in driving economic growth. The Scottish Government is committed to working individually and collectively with Scotland's cities to optimise that growth for the benefit of the whole of Scotland.
The Agenda for Cities, "Scotland's Cities: Delivering for Scotland", was published in December 2011 and established the Scottish Cities Alliance, a partnership of Scotland's 7 cities ( Aberdeen, Dundee, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Inverness, Perth and Stirling) and the Scottish Government facilitated by the Scottish Council for Development & Industry (SCDI).
The Alliance aims to attract investment and jobs into our cities and in April 2014 approved City Investment Plans which set out proposals for £10 billion of infrastructure investment.
This is the first time that Scotland's cities have presented a complementary and ambitious investment pipeline. The Alliance is now working nationally and internationally to deliver the investments using the Investment Prospectus which was launched in October 2014.
In August 2014 the Scottish Government committed over £500 million over 20 years to the Glasgow and Clyde Valley City Deal. This is the first deal of its kind in Scotland and is an agreement between the UK Government, the Scottish Government and the eight local authorities across Glasgow and Clyde Valley.
As well as creating a £1.13 billion infrastructure investment fund, the local authorities estimate that the Deal will deliver around 29,000 jobs in the city region and lever in an estimated £3.3 billion of private sector investment.
Through the Scottish Cities Alliance, we are exploring mechanisms to unlock investment in all of Scotland's cities.
Sharon Miller, Cities Team, 6th Floor, 5 Atlantic Quay, 150 Broomielaw, Glasgow, G2 8LU, tel: 0300 244 1170, email: Sharon.firstname.lastname@example.org