"Today's devolution deal will undoubtedly be seen in years to come as a landmark moment in the economic growth of our region. By giving the West Midlands Combined Authority the power and funding to act on our infrastructure, our jobs, our public services and our homes, we will see those who understand the needs of our region given the responsibility to drive it forward. A great deal of kudos must go to the regional councils and LEPs for their persistence and determination to make this deal happen.
"The Government has used the term 'engine for growth' to describe the Midlands, and this is our chance to really get that engine running. As a member of our business community, I know that we are willing and able to work in partnership with the WMCA, grasp this opportunity and see the West Midlands secure its place on the global economic stage."
Frances Shennan, +44 (0)121 335 2575, email@example.com
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