An alliance of industry and politicians has thrown its weight behind "visionary" plans to bring about long-term economic transformation across the Black Country.
Business groups and MPs all pledged their support for a campaign calling on Government to support investment plans which would create new jobs, revitalised housing and much more efficient transport links throughout the region.
Led by West Bromwich West MP Adrian Bailey, MPs signed up to a parliamentary motion which congratulates the Black Country Consortium on its work in pressing the case for a new economic strategy.
Backed by Dudley, Sand-well, Walsall and Wolver-hampton councils, along with voluntary sector partners and business chiefs, the Black Country Study was recently submitted to Government and will now go forward to a crucial planning review which will set the framework for the long-term future.
Mr Bailey said the Black Country Study charted a powerful and compelling case for driving up regional prosperity in the four main centres of Brierley Hill, Walsall, West Bromwich and Wolverhampton along with other traditional town centres such as Dudley and Stourbridge.
Consortium chief executive Sarah Middleton said: "I'm absolutely delighted that we have seen such a strong and consistent body of opinion emerging across the region in the development of the study and in the period since it was submitted six weeks ago."
One of the region's biggest businesses - Merry Hill owners Westfield - also welcomed the MPs' support.
Steven Hassel, Westfield's Brierley Hill development executive, said: "The company is committed to the vision of an integrated Brierley Hill that maximises the potential of the area and plays a significant role in the renaissance of the Black Country."