Gordon has welcomed the news that Blackpool Airport will today become an Enterprise Zone - a move that will allow Blackpool Council to launch a strategy for 3,000 new jobs in the area.
The plans will take advantage of the Fylde Coast's unique opportunities in the energy industry, including renewables such as solar and wind, and see a new Energy College built to deliver technical education and training.
Today's announcement also secures the future of the airport's operations and by protecting key infrastructure such as the main runway, there will also be the potential for the return of larger commercial flights, should they become more viable in the future.
Gordon said: “The confirmation at last of Blackpool’s Enterprise Zone is very welcomed - it comes very much on the back of sustained lobbying from the Council and myself of the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, and importantly fits in with the priorities of growth and jobs in the South Shore area.
“I am particularly pleased with the establishment of the Energy College at the airport which will fit in well with the objective of sustaining and developing operations out of the airport.
“I also hope it will enable us to develop the strong offshore activity in energy in Liverpool Bay and give a boost to the renewables of wind and solar, which are the genuinely viable alternative for the Fylde and the rest of the North West in the future.”