John Edwards, chief executive of AWM, examines the importance of Birmingham's regeneration to the region...
As the capital of our region, Birmingham clearly has a key role to play in the work of Advantage West Midlands with a range of diverse projects under way.
These range from the renaissance of the most striking symbol of urban neglect, Fort Dunlop, to the creation of exciting leading-edge technology parks along the Bristol Road at Pebble Mill and Longbridge.
The emerging Eastside Learning and Leisure Quarter and Technology Park will serve as an excellent accompaniment to the iconic Millennium Point development.
This project will help to establish Birmingham as a true "science city" as well as continuing the on-going renaissance of the city. Meanwhile, excellent progress is being made with the development of a high-quality project at the Bristol Street South gateway to the city.
Of course, physical regeneration is not the limit of our work as we continue to provide support for the manufacturing sector in and around the city.
The work of the Manufacturing Advisory Service and Accelerate have all helped manufacturers to survive and thrive in a turbulent and increasingly competitive global marketplace. The Pard programme is playing a vital role in supporting what continues to be the UK's automotive manufacturing heartland.
Companies have been able to link in with the world-class facilities at the University of Warwick which otherwise would have been beyond their financial reach.
The work of the city's two regeneration zones - the Arc of Opportunity and the East Birmingham North Solihull Regeneration Zone - is making a profound impact on some of the most deprived communities in the region.
Projects such as the Nechells Baths restoration, the HRH Shard End Community Building Project and the Jewelry Quarter framework are all making a real difference to people's l ives.