Powering the Welsh Economy marks an important milestone in the development of the city region concept in Wales. This report sets out the advice of the Cardiff Capital Region Board on how best to provide the leadership, vision and strategic direction for the Cardiff Capital Region. Arguably it also signals a possible new chapter in the development of the Cardiff Capital Region itself. There is much to be welcomed in the report, but it also leaves several important questions unanswered.
The economic challenges facing the Cardiff Capital Region, and the wider Welsh economy, are now well-known. Powering the Welsh Economy takes a particular perspective on how this can be tackled promoting four key themes: connectivity; innovation and growth; skills, and identity. This competitiveness-led agenda is not unusual in city region debates focused on securing economic growth. Indeed, much of the argument in favour of a city-region approach is predicated on the advantages to be gained through securing the agglomeration benefits of a larger base of businesses, skills and expertise.