Governmment guidance, to be issued on Wednesday, will give the eight RDAs six months to analyse their regional economies and develop robust strategies, identifying initial priorities and objectives for five to 10 years.
In the West Midlands, like several other parts of England, there is a nascent campaign for an elected assembly. But most organisations in the region are devoting immediate attention to strengthening existing partnerships.
Colin Beardwood, a member of Worcestershire CC, chairs the West Midlands regional chamber alongside vice-chairs from the business and voluntary sectors. 'We do not want the chamber to become a new layer of government, but a new approach to policy development,' he says.
Mr Caborn will be delighted to hear such down-to-earth sentiments when he is in Birmingham this week, says the paper. Setting up the RDAs, he says, is not a 'theoretical, academic exercise. They fit into our bigger picture of trying to get more efficient government and better running of the economy'.