Members of Loreburn Community Council are calling on Dumfries and Galloway Council to put together an urgent action plan for the town centre.
Councillors Niall Cowan and Noel Hastings carried out a brief survey of the town centre to assess the number of empty shops, the cleanliness of the streets, the potential for housing and rateable values of properties.
Following their findings, they're asking Dumfries and Galloway Council to work with them to create an urgent action plan which they say will improve the town centre and encourage more people to spend money in Dumfries.
"It was noted that many properties in the High Street have space above the shops that could, with a degree of sympathy from planners, be turned into much needed housing.
"The survey carried out a count of the properties in the town centre and found around 74 to be empty.
"The High Street badly needs some atmosphere, some hustle and bustle in the evening to bring people in and create the much needed night time economy. "
Business leaders from across Cumbria have been hearing about the state of the global economy at a special lecture organised by the University of Cumbria.
It was part of the university's aim to share knowledge and expertise by bringing business experts to the county.
"It's really important because we're a regional university but we are globally connected and anything we can do to elevate global issues to our business community and to our students is vitally important."
Two Cumbrian businesses in the south of the county are forging strong trading links with China.
Kendal Nutricare has secured a £6million deal with China to supply infant formula milk which is made at the factory in Kendal.
The milk can be traced back to the Cumbrian fields and to the cows at Skelmersdale in west Lancashire. 60,000 cans of infant formula milk will make their way to China in next few days.
Kate Walby reports.
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A new multi-million pound training facility is to be built in west Cumbria. It will be the biggest of its kind in the UK and allow training company Gen 2 to double the number of apprentices and other learners it can train.
The investment is designed to cope with a growing demand for skilled workers, particularly in the nuclear industry as plans progress for three new reactors at Moorside near Sellafield.
The recipe for haggis should be "tweaked" to get round a decades-old ban on the food in the US, Scotland's Rural Affairs Secretary has said.
Richard Lochhead, who will be in the US this week, said selling Scottish haggis to the Americans would be worth millions to the Scottish economy.
Haggis imports have been outlawed in the US since 1971. The country's food standards agency prohibits sheep lungs - one of the key ingredients - in food products.
Local council leaders have teamed up with businesses to make the case for greater devolution for Cumbria.
If they're successful, more decisions about issues like transport, housing and apprenticeships could be taken in the county rather than London. Katie Hunter reports.
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