Senior civil servants from the Treasury - the Government department responsible for public finances - have visited Teesside for their first trip in a programme to get outside of London since the General Election.
The group met with local politicians and business people.
They went to sites across the area, including former SSI site in Redcar as well as Teesside University and the TWI’s Offshore Wind Validation Centre in Middlesbrough.
A spokesperson for the department said the visit was a chance for officials to learn about the experience of local devolution, pointing out that it is different geographically to other high-profile areas with directly elected mayors such as London and Greater Manchester.
The Chief Secretary to the Treasury, Rishi Sunak MP, who represents Richmond at Westminster, said:
Abbas Mohimi, Business Development Manager at TWI, said: