Thousands of pounds worth of grants are being made available to small businesses and charities in Newcastle to get high speed broadband.
The 'Go Digital' scheme run by the city council wants 97% of Newcastle to have access to super-fast fibre broadband by 2015
The region has received a £1.2 billion boost with the announcement of a new government contract to build trains.
270 carriages are to be manufactured by Hitachi Rail Europe at its new site in Newton Aycliffe.
Six young people from Redcar, who are not in education or employment, have been working with the Territorial Army on a course.
They have been building buggies with members of 102 Battalion Royal Electrical and Mechanical Engineers, and picked up valuable skills along the way.
To celebrate the end of the course, they took the buggies for a spin at Teesside Karting in Middlesbrough.
Traffic experts at Newcastle University are working on a special Sat Nav. It helps you alter your speed, so you always arrive at traffic lights when they are on green.
Work has started on a new Rolls Royce plant which will be at the forefront of aerospace technology.
The plant is being built in Washington, safeguarding hundreds of jobs at the firm's existing Wearside base.
Business Secretary Vince Cable marked the start of construction.
An engineering company is creating up to 1,000 jobs in North Tyneside. Offshore Group Newcastle received a £640,000 Government grant for its move into offshore wind technology.
The firm will build a prototype at its Wallsend site later this year.