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21.09.04
Minister praises Objective One Programme

During a visit to Cornwall today, Paul Boateng, Chief Secretary to the HM Treasury was emphatic in his congratulations for what has been achieved, through the Objective One Programme, for developments such as the Combined University for Cornwall, the Urban Regeneration Company for Camborne, Pool and Redruth, actnow and the Knowledge Spa.

He said: "I've seen real commitment to working together in Cornwall today, and some innovative approaches to partnership on all sides. There are some important lessons for UK plc more generally as we build on a platform of macroeconomic stability to create sustainable growth and prosperity for all."

He assured those he visited that the Government was committed to regional development in Cornwall and elsewhere. He said that the Government would continue to take a proactive approach to regional policy in the EU and at home, and encouraged the continuation of Cornwall's innovative approach to partnership and strategic planning.

Welcoming his enthusiastic support, Carleen Kelemen, the Director of the Objective One Partnership commented: "We know that our approach of investing in the economy for the longer term, rather than setting up overnight quick fixes, is the best way. It was good to hear the minister acknowledge our efforts which will be rewarded in the future. The role of higher education in establishing pools of intellectual capital is critical to enabling different types of business activity here in Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly."

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Editor's notes:

For further information please contact the Objective One Communications Team:

Tel: 01872 223439
Email: lmroberts@cornwall.gov.uk

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Sue Wolstenholme
Objective One Communications
Objective One Partnership Office
Castle House
Pydar Street
Truro TR1 2UD
Mobile: 07973 813647
Telephone: 01579 370991

lmroberts@cornwall.gov.uk

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