Published: Friday, July 7, 2017
Greater Cambridge Partnership has held its first conference under its new name to mark progress and set out how it will continue growing and sharing prosperity across the region by working with others.
Held at the Hauser Forum, Cambridge, on 6 July, the conference brought together representatives from local government, the new Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Combined Authority, business and academia, reflecting the collaborative effort and shared vision to secure the Cambridge city region’s future success.
Formerly known as the City Deal, the partnership includes Cambridgeshire County Council, Cambridge City Council, South Cambridgeshire District Council, the Greater Cambridge and Greater Peterborough Local Enterprise Partnership and the University of Cambridge.
The event brought an opportunity to reflect on the evolving role of the local academic-business-council partnership, two years after the City Deal agreement with central Government brought to £500 million in additional Government investment to the area.
Strategic partners were provided with a progress update on work underway and future plans to tackle transport, housing and skills issues, and harness smart technology to deliver vital infrastructure improvements and bring thousands of new homes and jobs to the region.
The event will kick start a series of conversations with a range of interested parties and the public over the coming months, as part of wider engagement to set priorities for investment over the next 10-15 years.
It also marked the launch of the new Greater Cambridge Partnership website providing a high-quality and comprehensive channel for information and feedback, and a short film ‘Growing and Sharing Prosperity’, which can be seen here on our YouTube page.
Cllr Lewis Herbert, Chairman of the Executive Board, said: “After a busy first two years, we’ve had time to take stock and reflect on the core purpose and added value that the City Deal brings. The City Deal remains a fantastic and unique opportunity to secure future success and quality of life in Greater Cambridge. We will work together to grow and share prosperity and quality of life now and in the future.”
Cllr Francis Burkitt, Vice Chairman of the Executive Board, said: “It is more important than ever that we work in partnership with many others, including the new Mayor of Cambridgeshire and Peterborough and the Combined Authority, with local communities and a range of strategic partners such as Highways England.
“This event will kick start a series of conversations with a wide range of people over the coming months. We want to take our plans and priorities out to be informed by communities of interest as we finalise our investment strategy for the next 10-15 years.”