On the 8th of October, EURADA alongside Scotland Europa will mark the European Week of Regions and Cities with a debate on how economic development agencies are important actors in making Europe more inclusive and sustainable. The conference will introduce the soon to be launched Scottish development agency, the South of Scotland Enterprise (SOSE), as well as presenting Scotland’s collaborative approach to economic development.

The Chairman of SOSE , Prof Griggs, will be joined by the representatives from Scotland’s two longstanding agencies Scottish Enterprise and Highlands and Islands Enterprise to present a shared vision that encompasses increased wellbeing, and a sustainable and inclusive economic growth model.

In June 2019, the Scottish Parliament passed the South of Scotland Enterprise Bill which will see a new agency become operational in April 2020 under the proposals of the Scottish Government. The new South of Scotland Enterprise seeks to bring a different social and culturally focused economic development approach in an area of Scotland where the rural economy plays a large role and where economic underperformance links to place-based challenges (demographic, digital connectivity, fragile communities).

This new agency will leverage the natural and historic assets alongside the human capital embedded in the strong cohesive communities of the region.  The arrival of a new regional development agency in the region of the South of Scotland is a continuation of Scotland’s rich economic development and Europe’s RDA history.