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The EOP was initially formed to embed the key messages of the Economic Development Guide, which was developed by the Improvement Service for the Scottish Local Authorities’ Economic Development (SLAED) Group. The Guide provides a practical toolkit, which encourages councils to ‘raise the bar’ in economic development by critically reviewing their activities, sharing good practice and identifying areas for improvement.
The SLAED Indicators Framework is a ‘basket’ of measures developed by SLAED with input from the Improvement Service and the Scottish Government. The Framework is used by all Scottish Local Authority Economic Development services to provide a consistent basis for:
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Elected members have an important role to play in maximising the economic impact of councils/partnerships. The EOP team is available to deliver workshops for councillors. These can either be delivered by IS staff or by a combination of IS staff and council colleagues. Sessions can either cover broad messages concerning the role of elected members in economic development or can be tailored to specific local issues, such as the development of a new economic strategy. If this is of interest, please contact the EOP for further details on how an elected member session can be tailored to your particular requirements.