The wind of economic change blowing in from the North Sea
It is a jobs bonanza from the North Sea that could turn the Humber into another Aberdeen. This time the source of power for this potential economic miracle is not oil or gas - but the wind.
This week the global engineering company Siemens picked a run down docks near Hull as "preferred site" to build an assembly plant for a new generation of giant wind turbines which must be installed in their thousands off shore if the UK is to meet its renewable energy targets by 2020.
That single plant brings with it the possibility of up to 900 jobs in what has been an unemployment blackspot for a generation.
Thousands more could be on the way if the supply chain for this huge project can be persuaded to locate on sites being made available on both sides of the Humber.
And that would bring a knock-on effect for component manufacturers right the way across industrial Yorkshire.
One senior executive of a company bidding for business said that what we are seeing in Yorkshire and North Lincolnshire could be the equivalent of what happened to Aberdeen 40 years ago when it became the centre for building and supplying the North Sea oil industry.
I also spent some time with the boss of a tiny engineering supply company at his office in Sheffield. He is anxious to sell his product to the commercial operators developing those North Sea sites. He is about as far from the sea as you can possibly get in Yorkshire.
But who will do the lobbying at political and commercial level to attract this extra inward investment now that the Regional Development Agency Yorkshire Forward is being wound down on the orders of the Coalition Government?
A special edition of the Politics Show for Yorkshire and Lincolnshire poses that question on BBC 1 on Sunday 23 January at 12 noon.
Myself and presenter Tim Iredale have been interviewing business leaders and government ministers. I even trecked down to the Midlands home of that outspoken advocate of British engineering Lord Digby Jones who was headhunted by Gordon Brown to join the government as a trade minister after leaving his job as Director General of the CBI.
The affable Digby Jones knows a fair bit about engineering and manufacturing. He has joined quite a few of the best known names in the field since his time as Director General of the CBI and then a globe trotting Minister head hunted by Gordon Brown to drum up international trade for Britian.
He says the potential is enormous but there's a big problem the region must adress.
Achievement levels in education and training must be put in order if global businesses are going to be tempted to switch their manufacturing plant here rather than to Germany or Holland.