As the Black Country UNESCO Global Geopark reaches its first birthday, Dudley Council’s regen boss looks at how the Geopark will benefit from the borough’s £1billion regeneration programme.
A new painting capturing the spirit of the Black Country will hang in pride of place in Dudley Council House following a special competition to celebrate the region.
Dudley Council boss Sarah Norman is hoping to complete a West Stride Story as she trains for a London marathon this autumn, while dressed as Black Country Woman.
More than 100 young people have been helped into work as the result of a fruitful partnership between Black Country Impact and wholesale and distribution giant AF Blakemore.
Plans to identify key employment and housing land across the Black Country are gathering pace with council bosses in Dudley vowing a “brownfield first” approach to protect the borough’s green belt.