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Local leaders in the field of regeneration will meet in Cardiff on Monday and Tuesday next week to debate the chall...
Local leaders in the field of regeneration will meet in Cardiff on Monday and Tuesday next week to debate the challenges and address the key priorities for Wales's future economic prosperity.

WLGA economic development spokesman Derek Vaughan said:

'During 2005, important decisions will be made over future European funding for Wales, over the merger of key agencies such as the WDA with the Welsh Assembly Government, and the implementation of the Wales Spatial Plan. Against such a background, local authorities will face a continuing challenge in regenerating areas and communities of Wales. Urban, rural and industrial communities alike are potentially facing problems of market failure, social exclusion and physical isolation.'

Economic development and transport minister Andrew Davies will discuss the continuing challenges facing local authorities during 2005 to regenerate areas and communities in Wales. Overall the event, which is being held at Cardiff University, will explore the future direction of regeneration in Wales and local authorities' contributions to the programme. Other speakers include:

-Kevin Morgan, Cardiff University Regeneration Institute

-Joanna Weston, performance team manager, Audit Commission for Wales

-Bob Croydon, Kings Sturge

-Chris Johnes, Communities First Support Network

Mr Vaughan added:

'The aim of this event is to examine how effectively local authorities are regenerating their areas, and showcase the best local projects. I hope the summit will send a strong message that local authorities are prepared to work together over the coming years to improve their performance'.

Following the summit, which is sponsored by the Cardiff University Regeneration Institute, there will be by a number of study visits to regeneration projects in urban, industrial and rural South Wales.

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