Newport Joins Key Cities Group

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Newport has become the first Welsh city to join the Key Cities Group after Newport City Council’s cabinet unanimously agreed to accept an invitation to join the group.

Key Cities is currently a group of 24 significant urban areas across England, including founder members Coventry, Derby, Preston, Sunderland and Wakefield. The group was formed in 2013 to act as a unified voice calling for clearer recognition for the important role cities can play in driving forward the British economy.

The group also supports members to share their knowledge and develop solutions to some of the challenges facing similar cities across the country.

The main benefits of membership include:

  • Being part of a group that is helping to shape the national debate around the role cities can play in generating economic growth.
  • Amplifying Newport’s voice at a national policy level, building its position with key politicians.
  • Fighting for devolution that benefits mid-sized cities like Newport and its residents.
  • Sharing experiences with a broader group facing similar challenges to Newport as it continues to work to develop innovative solutions for building a better city.

Leader of Newport City Council, Councillor Bob Bright said: “Newport is a city with great potential and we look to use every possible area to ensure its potential is reached.

“Newport is one of the key urban areas in the UK and a lot of the focus has been in Wales but Newport is a key UK City. Membership of the Key Cities group will allow us to grow economically, work together with other cities, share information and the good practice that we have built. This is a great opportunity for the city.”

The council put forward a submission to join the group at the end of November and following a meeting of Key Cities in December was asked to join the group.

The council will now to sign a formal joint agreement and join the group immediately.