“Reacting to the announcement that all 20 of the proposed second wave city deals have been agreed by the government, Kru Desai, KPMG’s UK head of local & regional government, comments:
The news that a further tranche of the country’s City Regions are being given the green light to drive their own economic growth plans is an exciting step forward in the right direction.
City leaders looking for new solutions for stimulating economic growth will welcome this announcement and City Regions represent the right mix of economic power and scale for taking the freedom offered through the city deal model and running with it.
It is to be hoped that the deals will enable progress to be made in relation to particular issues that are critical to growth plans in each locality and to facilitate the pursuing of different agendas that play to distinguishable competitive advantages, to fully exploit the potential offered this week.”
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