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Cycling - 18. May 2009.

Nicole’s Feeling Good About Newport!

One of the people ‘feeling good about Newport’ is Wales’s Olympic gold medallist and World Champion road racer Nicole Cooke MBE, who regularly trains in the City’s world class Wales International Velodrome.

Nicole said: "It's great that Newport supports sport so well and I hope that world class facilities like the velodrome and others around the city continue to be used by everyone in the community, from schools and clubs to sporting champions!"

A first wave of banners and hoardings goes on display this weekend at key locations around the city, showcasing some of Newport’s success stories and positive messages under a vibrant and modern new brand.  
Nicole's picture is one of a set of images, designed by local company Simon Herbert Design Associates.

The campaign marks the launch of the countdown to Newport 2010, one of the most significant years in the city’s modern history as it reaches the halfway point of its “2020 Vision” for the city’s regeneration.

Councillor Matthew Evans, leader of Newport city council, said:

“Newport is a unique city with some inspiring success stories. The upbeat messages and vibrant colours will make Newport stand out, and tell everyone that they are in an exciting, modern city on course for great things. We want people to feel good about Newport and share our sense of excitement and anticipation that the next 18 months will be some of the most memorable in the city’s modern history.”

2010 will be a milestone year in the city’s development and across the city a diverse range of events are being planned aimed at creating a ‘festival’ atmosphere in Newport, culminating in October when the Ryder Cup takes place at the Celtic Manor Resort.

The regeneration programme taking place is adding to the sense that Newport is a city with an exciting future. During the past five years Newport has become the focus for major investment with more than 150 projects and £2 billion of investment proposed before 2020.

Over the next 18 months more than £100 million of projects are due for completion including a stunning new university campus, redeveloped railway station and major office and housing developments alongside the river.
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