9th March 2021, 16:00 – 17:30 on Zoom
Following on from the launch of the revised green book, WM REDI and the West Midlands Combined Authority are hosting a Treasury Green Book Roadshow. This is the first step to developing a network of empowered, knowledgeable people to improve business case development in the region. Evidencing, exploring and choosing the right options to fix an issue, aiming for consistent decision making and fair processes is key. Ensuring this capacity is accessible and available at all to regional and local government is crucial to solving the unprecedented issues we face in a post COVID-19 world. Our first tasks will be to build this network regionally and develop our understanding of the needs of users, building on the work done by Treasury to support the new release of the Green Book. The event will form the basis of championing our needs to the Treasury, including looking for opportunities for cross-department collaboration and approaches to levelling up and place-based interventions.
This will be an opportunity to hear from Joseph Lowe, Editor of the Green Book and Head of Economics Branch HM Treasury on the findings of the review and how it has shaped and changed the new Green Book.
Professor Delma Dwight the Director of Black Country Economic Intelligence Unit & Director of Midlands Engine Observatory will present on the potential impacts the changes will have on processes and approaches in the region.
Rebecca Riley, Head of Research WMCA/WM REDI will provide an overview of the National User Group and getting involved in developing a regional user group and potential events and training opportunities.
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