Ambitious plans to shape the future of economic development in Moray are in the final stages of design.
The community of Moray has developed a vision for its future, backed by a focused plan of action. Following the initial development of the 'Moray Economic Strategy', and 'Elgin: City of the Future', there has been extensive consultation to ensure the plan is shaped by the views of the Scottish Government, businesses, communities, and public agencies.
A workshop is taking place on Friday where private, public and community representatives will explore community feedback and propose ideas to turn the plans into a reality.
The Community Planning Partnership Board (CPPB) will then consider the strategy this summer before deciding a timeline. The CPP is a wide ranging partnership consisting of: Moray Council; Highlands and Islands Enterprise (HIE); Moray College; Grampian NHS; Grampian Police, Grampian Fire and Rescue Service; Moray Chamber of Commerce; Hitrans; the Youth Council and Voluntary Action Moray.
Potential projects include investment in broadband, creating new opportunities in the energy and life sciences sectors and developing tourism. Final implementation plans will retain room for flexibility so that new opportunities are maximised.
Councillor Allan Wright, Leader of the Moray Council, said: "We are extremely reassured by the enthusiasm and commitment shown by local communities and businesses for developing change across Moray. There's been a real surge of energy and the plans are now at an extremely exciting time where people are already seeing tangible results from what they've suggested.
"Moray has enormous potential and that is exactly what this strategy and action plan will develop. By working together, the private, public and voluntary sectors can grasp the best opportunities to ensure Moray grows as an attractive and stable environment to work, visit and conduct business in."