Argyll and Bute Council’s Economic Development Action Plan - setting out the priorities to help achieve the goal of growing the area’s population and boosting the local economy - has been endorsed by the Environment, Development and Infrastructure Committee and the council.
Welcoming the action plan, Councillor Aileen Morton, Argyll and Bute Council’s Policy Lead for Sustainable Economic Growth, said:
“The strategic Economic Development Action Plan is a key council document. It focusses our work on the opportunities for economic growth aligned to four priorities - investment, innovation, internationalisation and inclusive growth - which are outlined in Scotland’s Economic Strategy.
“The council has already achieved a lot and continues to work hard with partners to boost the economy of Argyll and Bute which is one of the country’s most promising regions. The action plan emphasises the work that is ongoing and planned in the future to meet the challenges of growing our economy and continuing to promote the area as a great place to live, work and visit.
“We are aware that encouraging our population, particularly young people, to stay in Argyll and Bute is crucial to the long-term prosperity of the area which can be achieved by improving and enhancing their skills profile and job prospects.”
At its recent meeting the committee acknowledged the work undertaken by the council and was updated on the projects and initiatives that are ongoing. It also recognised that projects such as housing development and new schools are of significant importance to the sustainable economic growth of the area.
The action plan details that investment in both physical and digital infrastructure projects, islands communities, key sectors, business support and people will attract further business investment and stimulate economic activity.
The plan recommends that the council foster a culture of innovation by working with key partners to increase the level of entrepreneurship and promote the area to individuals, families and businesses.
Details of how the council can take advantage of international opportunities to make Argyll and Bute a destination of choice and promote education and skills training opportunities are set out in the action plan.
The action plan provides information on the activity to be undertaken to ensure the area is recognised as promoting fair and equitable inclusive growth including engagement between employers and education.
Councillor Aileen Morton concluded: “By focussing our activity and efforts and working with partners we are determined to encourage people to come to live and work here as well as retain our present population.”
Click this link to view the Economic Development Action Plan.