PEOPLE in two Colne Valley villages have been urged to grasp a cash boost with open arms.
A £200,000 grant for the villages is just the start, it was said today.
Even more money could follow for Slaithwaite and Marsden, says Colne Valley MP Kali Mountford.
The two communities have been chosen by regeneration agency Yorkshire Forward for projects to encourage business ventures and job opportunities.
Ms Mountford said the Renaissance Market Towns Initiative was a wonderful opportunity and urged local people not to let it pass by.
"There is £200,000 available to develop a plan and we can recommend the type of development we would like," she added.
"It is anticipated that Yorkshire Forward will be able to work with other agencies and Government departments to get even more money invested in the area," said Ms Mountford.
She said she hoped there would be a lot of volunteers to take part in consultation over what should be done.
"The more people who take part, the more likely it is that future development reflects the wide range of interests there are in the area," added Ms Mount- ford.
With backing of the size possible under the scheme, a major project could be carried out.
The conservation group the Colne Valley Society recently called for a feasibility study into the possibility of a relief road for Slaithwaite.