Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

'New Realities' Point the Way Forward for Council's Economic Strategy

Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

'New Realities' Point the Way Forward for Council's Economic Strategy

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Redcar and Cleveland Council has launched its new economic strategy for the borough to an audience of over one hundred local businesses and regeneration business support agencies at The Innovation Centre on Redcar's Kirkleatham Business Park.

The council's Assistant Director Regeneration Peter Ellis says the document, titled New Realities, will focus on six main programmes - renewable energies and recycling, South Tees, the Coastal Arc, rural regeneration, community revival and routes to employment.

He said: "We believe that the emerging new energy markets can provide a new driving force for our economy, potentially placing this area at the forefront of new sustainable and environment-friendly applications. It can mean jobs at all levels, while benefiting the environment.

"We also believe we can energise the rest of our economy bringing new investment and helping to revive those parts of the borough which experience unacceptable unemployment levels and other forms of exclusion.

"We can do this by tying into the wider Tees Valley Strategy, while recognising the attractions of our rural hinterland of East Cleveland and adjoining North Yorkshire and we are working with the Tees Valley Partnership to put the funding in place."

Key points in the strategy are:

* Renewable energy and recycling: The council has established a dedicated resource - Renew Tees Valley Ltd based at the South Tees Business Centre - linked to regional centres of excellence already working with real projects and exciting ideas.

The council has also established the Tees Valley Hydrogen Project, working on demonstration projects that use fuel cells to generate electricity, looking at major projects at Coatham Enclosure and Middlehaven.

The council wants to see a National Fuel Cell Application Centre, set up at Wilton Centre, fitting in with a dedicated specialist chemical park and the further development of the Wilton International site.

* South Tees: The council believes it needs to exploit the location and development opportunities of South Tees. …

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