Councillors have been told they must be “proactive” to ensure the city feels the benefit of the Commonwealth Games being held on the doorstep in 2022.
Birmingham will host the sporting showpiece in three years with the event expected to provide a welcome boost to the region’s economy.
Lichfield MP Michael Fabricant revealed he had met with John Crabtree, chair of the organising committee for the 2022 Commonwealth Games – and said the opportunities were there for the city to benefit from the event.
“I am keen that Lichfield makes the most of this amazing opportunity not far away,” the Conservative MP said.
“This is a great opportunity to boost our local economy and I have told him of our restaurant, entertainment and hotel offer.
“I hope that Lichfield District Council will be proactive and now make contact with the organising committee’s newly-appointed Chief Executive Ian Reid.
“There are so many opportunities that will benefit our area. I will be happy to facilitate any such meetings should this be needed.”
Mr Crabtree added that the wider region would feel the effect of the games coming to Birmingham.
“Over the next three and a half years there will be many opportunities for communities across the West Midlands to get involved as spectators, volunteers, suppliers, contractors, participants in the cultural programme, and users of the new and developed sporting facilities,” he said.