Aberdeen and Inverness City Deal negotiations to begin
Aberdeen and Inverness could be the next two cities to benefit from City Deal status worth hundreds of millions of pounds.
Chancellor George Osborne announced negotiations would begin with the local authorities in his Budget statement.
If successful, it could unlock a major round of new investment.
Glasgow City Council signed a City Deal with the UK and Scottish governments last year which is expected to result in the funding of major projects.
Highland Council is preparing a bid for up to £300m of funding.
It involves a combination of government grants and borrowing powers to secure a region's economic future.