Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

The Future's Not Just Bright ( It's Glowing

Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

The Future's Not Just Bright ( It's Glowing

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Welcome to our comment column, in which leading figures from the business community in the region present a thought-provoking view on an issue affecting their company or organisation or the wider community. Today it's the turn of JOE DOCHERTY, chief executive of Tees Valley Regeneration, the area's urban regeneration company.

In the past few years the Tees Valley has made giant strides forward.

And it's hard for me to look to the year ahead without a feeling of huge anticipation ( with a promise of much more to come.

The future's not just bright, it's positively glowing and I encounter a genuine enthusiasm for change every day ( from investors, business people and the residents of the area.

The flagship regeneration projects ( led by Tees Valley Regeneration ( are taking off, with good news being fired out like rockets.

And it would not be an exaggeration to say we can expect several more announcements to light up the sky in the coming 12 months.

BioRegional Quintain will start work on site at Middlehaven ( with a backdrop of a growing college campus and Terrace Hill's busy dockside offices.

The developers for our Central Park scheme in Darlington will be named, along with details of the scheme that will transform a huge area of land and provide a new perception of the area to the thousands whose first impression of the Tees Valley every day is through Darlington via the East Coast main line.

Our other flagship schemes at Victoria Harbour, Hartlepool, and North Shore, Stockton, will also gather pace and we are working with our partners to ensure the future success and expansion of Durham Tees Valley Airport.

A business case is being prepared to provide a Metro for the area.

And while we cannot promise success at the moment, there is no doubt it would transform the whole area, linking people with jobs, and vice versa.

We are seeing huge investment planned in the port, energy and chemical sectors. Once seen (wrongly) as a sunset industry, it is these sectors that are helping drive growth, not just in the Tees Valley, but across the whole North-east.

With the development on our doorstep of fantastic cutting-edge technology, and a cluster of new energy businesses rapidly springing up, the Tees Valley should aspire to nothing less than to become the renewable energy capital of Western Europe, and with global awareness of energy issues at an all-time high that's a very comfortable place to be. …

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