Bath & North East Somerset Council leader Tim Warren (Con) has been appointed as deputy mayor of the West of England Combined Authority.
The appointment was confirmed yesterday following a vote at the first meeting of the combined authority since Tim Bowles (Con) was elected mayor in May.
Yesterday the West of England Joint Committee, which includes the three members of the combined authority as well as North Somerset Council and the local enterprise partnership, approved investment in schemes to improve skills and transport totalling 18.7m.
A total of £10m was approved as a local growth fund contribution to transport schemes worth £17m, while £8.7m will be invested in new facilities at Weston College in North Somerset.
North Somerset pulled out of a devolution bid with Bristol City Council, Bath & North East Somerset Council and South Gloucestershire Council earlier this year.
Local Enterprise Partnership interim chair Steve West said: “Approval for these projects show that we can work together to make the West of England an attractive option for business and industry.”