AN initial sum of £10,000 has been earmarked by Mid & East Antrim Borough Council to develop closer ties with counterparts in Scotland.
The tie-up is with Dumfries & Galloway Council which covers area including Stranraer.
Mid & East Antrim Mayor, Councillor Maureen Morrow, said it was a “very positive relationship”.
She said they are now looking at economic and tourism link-ups to help grow the economy
Speaking at the main monthly council meeting in Ballymena this week she said the Council was drawing up an action plan to secure projects and funding.
The council has agreed to lobby jointly with the Scottish council “on strategic issues”.
Mid & East Antrim Borough Council has also agreed that the Chief Executive Anne Donaghy will provide a presentation to the Galloway councillors.
A delegation from Scotland has visited Mid & East Antrim. Councillor Gregg McKeen said the visit was “very positive”.
He said a bridge link between Northern Ireland and Scotland grabbed headlines.
He said both councils could push government for funding for “potential growth deals for the two regions” and said both areas were heavily reliant on ports in Larne and Cairnryan.
He said the Scottish councillors left with a “very positive view”.
Councillor Danny Donnelly said: “We found that we had much in common with the Scottish councillors, particularly among the Ulster-Scots tourism”.
He said the Scottish councillors were very impressed with the tourism offering here and said one of them said they were “blown away”.