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Stirling and Clackmannanshire City Region Deal signed

The Stirling and Clackmannanshire City Region Deal was signed at a special event at Forth Valley College on Wednesday, 26 Feb.

Secretary of State for Scotland, Alister Jack MP, joined Scottish Government Minister for Transport, Infrastructure and Connectivity, Michael Matheson MSP, at the College campus in Stirling to seal their collective commitment to the £214m investment package.

The deal focuses on delivering national and international sustainability through cutting edge environmental projects, innovation in the digital and tourism sectors and boosting skills across the region to create a pathway for future success and resilience.

The Stirling and Clackmannanshire Deal has seven key areas of investment:

• Innovation
• Digital
• Culture, Heritage & Tourism
• Capital Fund for Clackmannanshire
• Transport, Connectivity & Low Carbon
• Infrastructure
• Skills and Inclusion

Stirling Council Leader, Councillor Scott Farmer, said:  “This deal represents real change for our people and promises an even brighter future for the youth of the region. It will provide jobs and investment to our core industries and sectors and will also target the challenges our communities face in reaching their potential."

“A prosperous future lies ahead thanks to this Deal and I look forward to working with all our partners to deliver the transformational change promised by this landmark investment.”

City Deal Partners

Cllr Ellen Forson, Clackmannanshire Council Leader, said: “On behalf of Clackmannanshire Council I am delighted to be signing the Stirling and Clackmannanshire City Region Deal which will provide us with the opportunity to realise our shared ambitions for the region."

“Through this deal we have a unique opportunity, together with the University of Stirling, to create Scotland’s International Environment Centre in Alloa which aims to be a global leader for research and innovation, creating  inclusive employment opportunities which will help us in our goal for a more sustainable and prosperous future."

Among the first projects to be delivered from the Deal will be Scotland’s International Environment Centre and the National Tartan Centre.

Both programmes represent a combined £33million investment and will build on the industry-leading skills and infrastructure already in place to put the region on a global stage for protecting the environment and promoting culture and tourism.

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