The team behind the bid for the Moray Growth Deal meets with MSPs to present the vision for Moray

Wednesday 5th December:

The team leading the bid for a Moray Growth Deal met with MSPs last night at a showcasing event at the Scottish Parliament.

The team presented the vision for Moray and explained how the key projects within the Growth Deal will deliver that vision.

Hosted by Stewart Stevenson, MSP for Banffshire and Buchan Coast, MSPs from all over Scotland were given an insight into Moray, challenges specific to the area and the Growth Deal projects that are designed to address those challenges.

Stewart Stevenson said: “The Moray Growth Deal will be a game changer for the region now and in the future. I was passionate about bringing a little bit of Moray to Holyrood and getting my fellow MSPs fired up about the Moray Growth Deal which could bring benefits for generations to come. I have always been very proud of the constituency I represent, including part of the Moray area. It was great to welcome many people to the Scottish Parliament for the event and there was good discussion and enthusiasm for both the region and the individual projects in the Growth Deal. This deal can bring so much to Moray and I look forward to seeing it come to fruition.”

The event was well attended by a number of MSPs, including Richard Lochhead, Jamie Halcro Johnston, Edward Mountain, Maree Todd, Rhoda Grant, Maureen Watt, Stuart McMillan and Emma Harper and followed a workshop earlier that day where the Moray delegation met with government officials to go through the projects in detail and get feedback.

Leader of Moray Council, Cllr Graham Leadbitter, said: “It was a really productive day. Both the workshop in the afternoon and then the evening event with MSPs were an opportunity to showcase Moray and our plans for the future. A growth deal will form a significant part of delivering those ambitions.

“The hard work will continue over the next few months to make the best case and deliver a good deal for the people of Moray that will enable sustainable and exciting economic growth in our region.”

The team attending the workshop included Rhona Gunn, Moray Council’s corporate director for economic development, planning and infrastructure; Donna Chisholm, area manager for Moray at Highlands and Islands Enterprise (HIE), and individual project leads including Laurie Piper, operations manager for Moray Speyside Tourism and project lead for the Cultural Quarter.

The parliamentary reception at Holyrood comes just a month after the Chancellor of the Exchequer, Philip Hammond, announced in his Autumn Budget statement that there will be support for a Moray Growth Deal.

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