Port Pirie Mayor Leon Stephens has been elected as the Chair of the Spencer Gulf Cities, pledging a renewed focus on the Upper Spencer Gulf region.
Whyalla Mayor Claire McLaughlin was appointed Deputy Chairman.
Mayor Leon Stephens says they need a direct line to the state and federal governments so they can source funding arrangements and investigate opportunities to encourage other businesses to the region.
Whyalla Mayor Clare McLaughlin gained special recognition this week from the State Government.
She was one of 20 female mayors who visited Parliament House to be recognised and congratulated as the largest contingent of female mayors recently elected in South Australia.