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Exeter joins UK network dedicated to increasing future prosperity

Published: 15 February 2021

Exeter has joined the Key Cities network

Exeter has joined a national network which champions UK cities to increase future prosperity.

Exeter will join Bath, Lincoln and Wrexham in the Key Cities organisation, which already works with 21 locations to deliver prosperity, protect the environment and raise standards of living across the country.

The network champions the future of the UK’s urban centres by producing research, responding to consultations and engaging with politicians and policy makers.

Exeter’s membership will further strengthen the network’s ability to influence national policy, share and scale new ideas, and drive economic and social growth.

Key Cities’ work will also play an important role in the UK’s post-Covid recovery, particularly on issues relating to ports, housing, culture, climate, levelling up and devolution.

Cllr Phil Bialyk, Leader of Exeter City Council, said: “By working together, we will be able to unlock things for residents we simply wouldn’t have been able to do on our own.

“In the city the public and private sector are already working hard together to deliver Exeter’s recovery and things residents have said are important to them. This is a much welcome boost to be able see those results more quickly.

“These include overcoming our infrastructure challenges and capitalising on opportunities to drive the levelling up agenda for the South West.”

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