News: Planning For The North's Prosperity - Lancashire And The Northern Way
Wednesday, 23rd June 2004
A Lancashire conference will help to decide on a blueprint for the future economy of the North of England up to 2025.
During a half-day workshop, delegates will be asked to consider a range of views on future directions for the North.
Lancashire and the Northern Way - Opportunities and Challenges for the County is a half day conference being hosted by the Lancashire Partnership taking place on Friday 25 June at the Barton Grange Hotel in Preston.
Issues for discussion at the conference include improving transport links, improving housing, supporting existing businesses and finding ways to encourage new companies into the North. The overall aim is to make a massive step change in the economy of the North.
Graham Harding, Lancashire County Council's Environment Director will speak about ways to improve transport on a local and regional level.
Other speakers include Nick Gerrard (Head of Operations, Northwest Development Agency), Simon Parker (Elevate East Lancashire) and Derek Whyte (Head of Economic Development, Preston City Council).
The ideas discussed at the conference will help to provide information for a report to the Deputy Prime Minister later in the summer.
The report is being co-ordinated by a North of England Steering Group, chaired by Sir Graham Hall and bringing together the North West, North East and Yorkshire and Humberside regions. It will focus on ways to bridge the North-South economic divide and make the North into one of the country's most vibrant and productive areas.
Notes for Editors
Further information on the Northern Way can be obtained on the web site at www.thenorthernway.co.uk
The Northern Way is being led by the three Northern Regional Development Agencies (RDAs) - Yorkshire Forward, One NorthEast and the Northwest Development Agency.
For further information please contact: Stephen Axon on 01772 533194