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Delivering Vitality Now


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Ian Edwards, Head of Rural Partnerships AWM outlines the Agency's successes in rural areas. From the Advantage West Midlands Supplement at ruralnet|2007

Ian Edwards, Head of Rural Partnerships AWM outlines the Agency's successes in rural areas. From the Advantage West Midlands Supplement at ruralnet|2007

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    • 1. Delivering Vitality Now Ian Edwards Head of Rural Partnerships Advantage West Midlands
    • 2. Delivering Vitality Now What has Advantage West Midlands ever done for us? We care Or Or
    • 3. Delivering Vitality Now
      • Rural Regeneration Zone
      • Rural Access to Services Partnerships
      • Market Towns Programme
      • LEADER
    • 4. Delivering Vitality Now - RRZ
      • One of six zones in the Region
      • Managed by cross sector Partnership Board
      • Adds value to existing Programmes and Strategies
      • Project focused
      • Priorities:
        • A strong, diverse and sustainable rural economy
        • A thriving economy through environmental excellence
        • To raise the skill levels of the workforce and those entering employment;
        • To promote social inclusion and community cohesion by allowing full access to services and opportunities
      • £12m budget in 2007/2008
    • 5. Delivering Vitality Now - RRZ
    • 6. Delivering Vitality Now - RRZ Ludlow Food Centre
    • 7. Delivering Vitality Now - RRZ Home HQ
    • 8. Delivering Vitality Now - RRZ Nexus Small Grants Programme
    • 9. Delivering Vitality Now - RRZ Leominster Enterprise Park
    • 10. Delivering Vitality Now - RRZ Redundant Building Grants
    • 11. Delivering Vitality Now - RRZ Hereford Learning Village
    • 12. Delivering Vitality Now - RRZ Cold War Museum Jackfield Tile Museum
    • 13. Delivering Vitality Now - RASPs
      • Rural Access to Services Programme
      • Covering Warwickshire, Staffordshire, Telford and Wrekin, Worcestershire, Shropshire and Herefordshire
      • Integrate rural transport and access to services
      • Sub regional partnerships
      • Wheels to Work Programme
    • 14. Delivering Vitality Now – Market Towns
      • Market Towns Initiative (MTI)
        • 34 towns benefited over 3 rounds of the MTI
        • Up to £500k to each town over 3 or 4 years
      • Market Towns Capital Investment Programme for
        • town centre improvements
        • extend the multi-use centre concept
        • enterprise and grow-on space
        • Roll out of Redundant Building Grants programme
        • Better Welcome for Market Towns
        • Rural Innovation Fund
    • 15. Evesham, Worcestershire
      • Vision to revitalise town centre and riverside emerged following flooding in 1998
      • Riverside and town centre improvements have restored confidence in the town
      • Market Towns support has inspired the formation a strong town partnership with active local authority backing – recipe for success
      • Market Town of the Year 2005 in National Awards
    • 16. Uttoxeter, Staffordshire
      • New market stalls allowingFarmers Market to be re-established
      • Development of Dovefield workspace for new and growing businesses
      • Uttoxeter High Street improvements
    • 17. Stone, Staffordshire
      • £160,000 investment to upgrade the physical routes along the canal side and linkages into town thus encouraging an increase in footfall and spend opportunities.
      • Further investment for mooring facilities as part of co-ordinated approach to improve visitor offer.
    • 18. Atherstone, Warwickshire
      • Market towns has supported the town reinvent itself as a “book town”
      • Now has national profile and increased visitor numbers
      • Heritage Economic Regeneration Scheme (HERS) will deliver £1m+ investment in town centre
    • 19. Leominster, Herefordshire
      • Megan Baker House
      • Charity providing Conductive Education for disabled children
      • Market Towns funding enabled the creation of a new spin-off business providing care training
      • Generate income for the charity
    • 20. Delivering Vitality Now - LEADER
      • Part of Rural Development Programme for England 2007 - 2013
      • Focus on social and community measures
      • 5,000 – 150,000 population
      • £10.22 m to 2013
      • 6 – 8 Programmes in the West Midlands
      • Launch at the end of October 2007