At the end of January, I attended and spoke at an interesting event to launch a new report The Future of the West Midlands (pdf, 361kb).
The Smith Institute, an independent social and economic research think tank based in London, organised the event.
The report aims to raise the level of debate about the future of the West Midlands and highlight what policy changes are needed to make a real and lasting difference to the region.
With the forthcoming reforms to regional and local government through the sub national review, this debate is very timely and gains an added significance.
- West Midlands Regional Assembly
- Advantage West Midlands
- Birmingham City Council
- West Midlands Learning & Skills Council
- West Midlands Confederation of British Industry
- Coventry University
- Birmingham Chamber of Commerce
Key government ministers and officers were also involved in writing the report.
I recommend the report to you – and I encourage you to join the debate.
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