On the 4th of May 2017, residents of Darlington, Hartlepool, Middlesbrough, Redcar and Cleveland and Stockton-on-Tees elected Ben Houchen as the first Tees Valley Mayor.
Ben will work alongside the five Tees Valley Councils to improve the economy of the area, bring in new investment and create jobs, all of which Teesside Collective will make a significant contribution to.
Tees Valley Mayor Ben Houchen said: “I want to establish the Tees Valley as the go-to location for future clean industrial development, and the work being done by Teesside Collective is crucial to this aspiration.
“By creating Europe’s first Carbon Capture and Storage (CCS) industrial zone, Teesside Collective is at the forefront of efforts to transform the Tees Valley into a high-value, low-carbon economy, and one which properly supports energy intensive companies.
“Finance for the project is absolutely vital for long-term industrial growth, inward investment, job creation and, of course, emissions reductions. That is why I am doing all I can to push for this ground-breaking work to form a key part of the new Government’s Industrial Strategy.”