Reacting to the announcement of the official signing of the Belfast Region City Deal, Northern Ireland Local Government Head of Policy Karen Smyth said:
“Today’s announcement is welcome news for the Belfast City Region and Northern Ireland as whole. City and Growth Deals in Northern Ireland must be accelerated and be locally led. An investment of £1billion will be allocated for key innovation and research projects which will boost our regional productivity, economic activity, skills, tourism offer, regeneration, and physical and digital infrastructure.
“Investment on this scale is potentially transformative and will lead to new, highly-skilled jobs being created across Northern Ireland. Over half of our local councils in Northern Ireland are involved in the Belfast Region City Deal, as well as key stakeholders and partners, proving the power of collaboration and what councils can do when given the correct resources, powers, and finances.”