It has been confirmed that the six Scottish cities are to receive extra funding to boost their local economies.
The Council leaders of Aberdeen, Dundee, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Inverness and Stirling will have to decide what projects will receive the cash.
A total of £5m has been set aside by the government for the investment fund, which will be used on the projects agreed upon.
There are many areas for investment that are up for consideration to be given the cash and lobbying is likely to be strong. However, it is thought that initiatives concerned with the marketing of the cities will be a popular route.
By promoting the cities as attractive areas in which to live and work, and by showcasing them to tourists, it is hoped that further investment could come from Europe and private ventures.
The Scottish Cities Alliance will also likely provide advice to local business as to how they can help and benefit from the process. An important part of ensuring success of the investment is the presence of healthy local businesses, so their role could be crucial.
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