The Scottish and English border councils have both agreed to join forces in the hope of boosting business and tourism in the area.
Scottish Borders, Dumfries and Galloway, Northumberland and Cumbria and Carlisle City Councils will meet to build new alliances to improve existing business, tourism and transport links.
"It is vital that there is a strong dialogue between the English and Scottish local authorities that neighbour the national border on economic development, transportation, communications and other matters.
"We experience common challenges and opportunities arising from our rurality and relationships with cities that are in close proximity to us.
"This initiative will build on our work with the South of Scotland Alliance together with current and previous cross border joint work.
"I look forward to my Council's participation in this dialogue."