The health of the Caithness economy is a high priority for Caithness Partnership as we regard it as central to all aspects of life in the country with an impact on health and education services, transport, community wellbeing and even the environment. Economic development is supported by having good services, good quality natural environment, good transport links and a sense of community safety.
It is estimated that one in four jobs in Caithness is dependent on the Dounreay nuclear power station. With the Dounreay site now undergoing a process of decommissioning efforts are being made to generate alternative local employment. A Socio-economic Strategy for Caithness and North Sutherland was produced in 2006 by a working group chaired by Rt Hon. John Thurso MP. Subsequently an Action plan was produced by Highlands & Islands Enterprise in 2007 and is being progressed by the Caithness and North Sutherland Regeneration Partnership.
The Caithness and North Sutherland Regeneration Partnership is a partnership between Highland Council, Highlands & Islands Enterprise, Scottish Government and the Nuclear Decomissioning Authority and has been set up to oversee delivery of the Action Plan for Caithness & North Sutherland.
The Caithness Chamber of Commerce was established in the 1970's and is a lead partner in the CNSRP and has also campaigned to secure improvements to the A9 road and also for improved rail and air links as well as fully supporting the developments at both Scrabster and Wick Harbours. The Caithness Chamber of Commerce is the foremost business networking organisation in the county and facilitates numerous events to help create a vibrant, sustainable economy within Caithness. Further information and contact details on the Chambers activities is available from their website http://www.caithnesschamber.com/
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