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.
The potential creation of a new Pennine Way Primary Schools and community centre has moved another step closer.
Cumbria County Council and Carlisle City Council have signed an agreement on the funding for the new facilities.
The deal between the two councils will see almost £11 million being invested by the county council and a further £1.6 million coming from the city council.
This will allow for the transformation of the current site at the old North Cumbria Technology College site in Harraby.
An investigation by ITV Border has revealed how councils are racking up huge amounts of council tax arrears as more people struggle to pay the bills.
Freedom of information requests to almost every council in the region asking how much outstanding council tax they are chasing highlight the scale of the problem.
The total amount outstanding from the councils who responded to our FOI requests is just over £116 million pounds.
A third of that total is from the last financial year. It comes as organisations who help people with debt have reported a huge rise in the number of people needing help.