This conference was a timely opportunity to consider the delivery of the Swansea Bay City Deal as it followed the Welsh and UK Government commissioned independent review into the Deal.
Delegates assessed the Independent review recommendations, and discussed priorities for the Deal’s governance - including increasing the focus on delivering key projects including resolving issues surrounding levels of expertise and management involved in delivery teams, and how best to develop relationships between partners and increase collaboration.
Delegates examined issues of accountability and effective project management, as well as lessons from more developed City Deals, and how these lessons could be incorporated into the renewed project management structures.
Those in attendance also looked beyond the immediate focus of the Deal’s projects and sought to identify areas where the Deal’s networks and governance structures could be used to support further innovation and economic regeneration in the region, including effective long-term investment. This wider discussion also touched on identifying business and skills needs for industry, as well as the strengths of the region’s universities.
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