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Historic Dockyard Chatham prepares for "greatest launch since HMS Victory"

A once decaying maintenance building used to build and repair Royal Navy ships will reopen as the £13 million centrepiece of Chatham Historic Dockyard next month after receiving its first fleet of models and historic artefacts. (Sourced from Culture 24.)
The No.1 Smithery’s collection of globetrotting maritime objects and art, ranging from miniatures of Napoleonic ships to gold cups used by VIPs onboard, will entertain visitors to the Dockyard with five dedicated new areas.

Row over Medway city status

A row over city status for Medway is set to hit the High Street this weekend. (Sourced from Medway Messenger.)
Medway’s Green Party members plan to campaign against the proposal in Chatham on Saturday at 10am.

Visit Kent targets London commuters

Visit Kent has unveiled it is to target London commuters in its next advertising campaign. (Sourced from Travel Daily.)
Over 150 posters will adorn commuter train stations and underground platforms in zones one and two to encourage passengers to ‘Exercise,' ‘Enjoy the fruits of’ and ‘Rediscover’ Kent.

SEEDA braced for cuts

The South East England Development Agency is braced for deep funding cuts after the Government's review of public spending. (Sourced from Kent Business.)
SEEDA is one of several regional development agencies facing an overall £270m reduction as part of £836bn savings from the business department's budget.

Kent stays strong as business location

Interest in Kent and Medway as business locations has held up reasonably well despite the recession.
Locate in Kent, the agency that promotes the county for inward investment, admits it has been a difficult year but hopes to be close to its annual jobs and project target by the end of the month.
Locate in Kent chairman Sir Brandon Gough said it had been a difficult year. "But nevertheless, there have been some good transactions, rather better than we might have expected," he added.

St Mary’s secures new funding

Work has resumed on two stalled residential developments at Chatham Maritime.
Government Kickstart funding of £6.93 million has enabled development at St Mary’s Island to recommence.
The money is being used to build 102 of the 550 new homes to be developed on the island.

Innovative recruitment in Medway Council

Medway Council is celebrating the completion of a ground-breaking recruitment programme which has culminated in five new jobs for the region. (Sourced from eGov Monitor.)
With the effects of the recession generating a need for more skilled workers in the housing sector, Medway Council needed to recruit a number of housing officers to meet increased demand.

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Conference tackles skills initiatives

Representatives from the public, private and voluntary sectors across Medway and North Kent met in Rochester in March to discuss employment and skills initiatives.
Medway Council's portfolio holder for strategic development and economic growth councillor Jane Chitty opened the Integrating Employment and Skills Initiatives conference.
Speaking before prime minister Gordon Brown announced the general election, councillor Chitty said: "Regeneration is a word often used to describe physical changes around us, but it’s much more than that."

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