Today, Mayor Dan Jarvis and Mayor Tracy Brabin, the two Metro Mayors of South and West Yorkshire met for the first time to commit to building a strong partnership between their two regions.
The meeting, the first of many planned between the two Mayors signals the start of an important partnership.
In a meeting that took place against the backdrop of the Yorkshire Sculpture Park, the Mayors agreed that they would work together to:
- Work with the Government to make sure that the national Levelling Up agenda delivers for the people, businesses and communities of Yorkshire,
- Make transport connectivity between the two regions fit for the 21st century,
- Promote, enhance and increase community participation in the arts, culture, heritage and visitor economy in the region,
- Harness the skills and capabilities of our research and university assets to tackle climate change,
- Build stronger relationships on well-being and health care technologies, advanced manufacturing and engineering, digital and clean energy technologies and the creative and cultural sector, and
Dan Jarvis, Mayor of the Sheffield City Region said:
“As the economy and society opens up, we’re saying that Yorkshire is open for business, for visitors and for investment. This is the start of a stronger, more productive and powerful alliance that will put Yorkshire communities, our businesses, our research and innovation strengths and our cultural and creative output at the heart of a civic and economic renaissance.
“We have a world class Arts, Culture and Heritage offer and a creative economy that helps to fire new jobs, new businesses and creates pride and confidence in our communities. That offer is exemplified here at the Yorkshire Sculpture Park.
“For our economy to work for the people we serve, we need more ideas, more people and more businesses to flow, interact and connect across the region. By better connecting our assets physically, virtually and culturally we can help our communities and businesses to not just recover from the pandemic but to renew and thrive.”
Tracy Brabin, Mayor of West Yorkshire said:
“Today is the start of a partnership that will deliver for our communities and make a real difference as we seek to accelerate Yorkshire’s recovery from COVID-19.
“It’s been inspiring to hear about how the Yorkshire Sculpture Park has adapted and changed over the last year in order to survive and about their existing plans for the future. We know the value of the arts and culture industry alone was worth £370m to Yorkshire and Humber in 2016, but this vibrant sector has more to give, and we will put our regions at the heart of the creative industry. We want our regions and our talented communities to be firmly on the national and international stage. Not only will this create jobs, but it will boost the wider economy – bringing people from far and wide into our wonderful towns and cities.
“As we emerge from the COVID pandemic, the arts, culture and heritage have a central role to play. We will do all that we can to support our businesses and our residents, standing up for what matters to them. By working together, we have a stronger voice for Yorkshire that can drive positive change.”