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The new proposed South of Scotland Enterprise Agency will help to “transform the region” and develop the local economy, local SNP MSP Emma Harper has said – after the Scottish Government opened a public consultation on the development of the agency.


The consultation sets out the aims of the proposed agency – which includes driving economic growth, sustaining and growing local communities, and capitalising on the skills and resources of local people. Locals across Dumfries and Galloway now have the opportunity to contribute to the consultation and to tell the Scottish Government what they want from the new enterprise body.


The latest development builds on the work of the South of Scotland Economic Partnership, which has already identified specific areas and themes to explore issues key to the success of the South – aided by significant Scottish Government investment in the partnership and infrastructure across the South of Scotland, including a new hospital in Dumfries and Galloway, new schools, and the Borders Railway.


Commenting, SNP MSP for South Scotland Emma Harper said:


“This is good news for people across Dumfries and Galloway.


“The proposed South of Scotland Enterprise Agency has the potential to transform the whole South of Scotland region – helping to support jobs, develop and diversify the local economy, and to sustain and grow our communities which currently see too many young people leaving because of a lack of opportunity.


“An agency such as this has made a positive impact across the Highlands and Islands, and it can have a similarly transformative impact for Dumfries and Galloway – following on from existing investment in our NHS, schools and transport across the South of Scotland.


“The Scottish Government is committed to supporting and developing all of the South of Scotland – from Eyemouth to Melrose, Stranraer to Kirkcudbright – and with the launch of this consultation, people across the region have the chance to put forward their views on how this agency can improve their community.”


Notes – a link to the consultation can be found here: