'The story of the Association, drawn together so succinctly within this document, is a story of success with respect to policy impact, membership, geographic reach, academic profile and publications.

We should acknowledge and enjoy that achievement, and we should also offer our heartfelt thanks to those who made this success possible: past and present staff, members of the Board, the editors of our journals and book series, our publishing partners such as Taylor and Francis and those who have worked tirelessly to ensure the smooth running of our conferences.

But of course, much of this achievement reflects the commitment and engagement of the members themselves, and in many ways this publication is a celebration of all that we can achieve as a community of scholars, practitioners and policy makers who are committed to the wellbeing of regions.'

Professor Andrew Beer, Chairman of the RSA.

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