First blog post from the ‘hot-seat’

So this is my first blog post as Chief Executive and I’ll be blogging regularly to keep you up to date with my thoughts, findings and experiences.

Cabinet met on Wednesday, and I thought you’d like to know that they agreed the relocation of Stafford Library to Staffordshire Place.  This is a great opportunity for us to create the modern, accessible, fit for the future library that the county town deserves.  This also allows us the opportunity to work with Wolverhampton University to do something exciting with the Shire Hall to further enhance the town centre.

On Wednesday I also had the great privilege to be involved in picking the staff Connect Awards winners.  I was, as ever, amazed by the range of things that the County Council is involved with, but, more importantly, I was delighted, inspired and humbled by the stories of the work that our officers do, day in and day out, to make Staffordshire a better place.  It made me very proud to have the opportunity to lead this organisation and I am now looking forward to the awards ceremony at Staffordshire University on the 20th November when I will have the opportunity to thank some of those who have been nominated in person.

I attended the signing of our Growth Deal with Government on Thursday.  This will bring in over £80million of Government money to Staffordshire and Stoke and help create a further 5,000 new jobs.  This will help to cement Staffordshire’s economic renaissance as one of the fastest growing regions in Europe.  This is the result of some great work by Darryl Eyers, Peter Davenport, and many more officers across the County Council, and I would like to thank them for all their efforts to make this happen.  Now on to Growth Deal 2!

Finally, if anyone is in to social media they may wish to follow me on twitter at @owlrabbitcross where I will try and provide a little bit of commentary on what is happening in my world.  And for those wondering, the name isn’t as daft as it sounds but it would take too long to explain!

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