Are city deals the way ahead for those regions starved of private sector investment? That was the question posed at the second Symposium on City Deals (18.09.19), for academics, politicians and people most affected by the four regional partnerships being developed across Wales.

Delivering City Deals in Wales organised by the Morgan Academy and WISERD (the Welsh Universities’ Wales Institute of Social and Economic Research, Data and Methods) considered the delivery of the four City Deals and Development Partnerships in Wales, in the Cardiff City region, Swansea Bay, Mid Wales and North Wales

Sessions looked at the ambitions of the City Deals and growth deals and included papers and discussion about their governance and ambitions for growth, in the context of a strategy for economic development in Wales.

The conference heard from prominent academics including Professor Kevin Morgan, Dean of Engagement at Cardiff University, who spoke on the governance of city deals, and Professor Martin Jones of Staffordshire University, who spoke on the limits of city regions projects. It also featured representatives of each of the four city deals and regional partnerships in Wales – Cllr Rob Stewart, Chair, Swansea Bay City Deal Joint Committee; Cllr Dyfrig Siencyn, Chair, North Wales Economic Ambition Board; Cllr Ellen ap Gwynn, Co-Chair, Mid Wales Growth Deal and Kellie Beirne, Director, Cardiff Capital Region City Deal. The day ended with a stimulating panel Q&A session chaired by Cerys Furlong, CEO, Chwarae Teg.