2008 was a year of achievements - and there's more to come
IT’S been quite a year for Tees Pride. And there have been plenty of achievements to shout about in the last 12 months - as you’ll see from today’s special review of the year supplement.
From our Get A Better Life initiative, which has seen more than 1,000 Teessiders sign up to improve their eating and exercise habits, to significant developments in the process industry - there has been good news and progress to report.
We’ve championed skills and education with both the Pride In Our Process Industry and ABC - A Brilliant Career initiatives.
And once again the Tees Pride 10k Road Race has grown, with more people than ever pulling on their running shoes to take part.
These are just some of the highlights of what has been an exceptionally busy year.
Year on year Tees Pride has looked to expand its remit - adding new initiatives and campaigns which are important to our local community.
And in 2009 we will once again be bringing something new to the table.
Next month we’ll be launching Year Of The Volunteer - a major new strand of Tees Pride 2009.
From individuals to big business we’ll be showcasing the great work that’s really making a difference in the local area.
More than ever, commerce and community are working together with corporate social responsibility continuing to climb the boardroom agenda.
And social enterprises are continuing to develop, driving growth of the increasingly important third sector - which now has its own department within the Cabinet Office.
Look out for the Year Of The Volunteer logo in the new year along with details of how to get involved and play your part.
Next year will be our eighth of Tees Pride campaigning.
In those years the region has transformed significantly.
Hundreds of millions of pounds of investment are being pumped into regeneration schemes in all five local boroughs.
Schemes will be moving ahead in 2009 - and we’ll be there to chart every part of the process.
From the construction of Temenos - the first of the £15m Tees Valley Giants giant public art initiative - to completion of Stockton’s Infinity Bridge, regeneration will take a major step forward in 2009.
We’ll be continuing hugely successful Tees Pride campaigns such as Get A Better Life, Pride In Our Process Industry and ABC - A Brilliant Career In The Tees Valley.
And with the date now set for next year’s Tees Pride 10k, we’re looking for more runners than ever to get involved in this fantastic event.
Despite tough economic times, Tees Valley is still driving development to build a strong and vibrant City Region.
There’s much to be proud of from 2008.
And plenty to be excited about for 2009.