The original idea was to have one for the North East, then the region wanted five, then some wanted a sixth, then some wanted just one again, now there might be two.
Confused? I'm not surprised.
What I've described are the protracted and unpleasant birth pains of the region's Local Enterprise Partnerships (LEPs)
These you'll remember are supposed to be the less complicated, less bureaucratic, streamlined replacements for regional development agencies such as One North East.
But somehow the North East has contrived to look rather confused about the whole process.
This week the original bid for five Local Enterprise Partnerships with a regional economic body alongside unravelled spectacularly as the Northern Business Forum withdrew its support.
Cue an almighty outburst by Middlesbrough Mayor Ray Mallon against the Business Forum.
It was all a bit messy and that hasn't gone unnoticed.
I caught up with Sir Ian Wrigglesworth at the Conservative Conference.
The Lib Dem is a former Stockton MP but he's recently been appointed as the Deputy Chair of the Government's new £1bn Regional Growth Fund.
The fund will aim to create new jobs in regions - like the North East - which are heavily dependent on public sector jobs.
Sir Ian is one of those who'll be deciding on the bids made by businesses and Local Enterprise Partnerships.
He says the North East should get a sizeable chunk of the money.
But he had a warning.
He believes the region has already fallen behind other regions because of the confusion over how many Local Enterprise Partnerships to have.
You can see what he had to say in the attached video clip.
He's particularly concerned by the contrast between the North East and rival LEPs in Yorkshire.
While the North East's politicians and business leaders have been falling out about how many partnerships to have, cities like Leeds, and Greater Manchester are pressing ahead.
Leeds have begun drawing up bids, while Sheffield has even advertised for a Chair and board for their LEP.
And as the bidding process begins at the end of this month, early starters are likely to have an advantage.
There may now though be light at the end of the North East LEP tunnel.
The Local Government Chronicle says it's obtained a preliminary list of LEPs likely to be given the green light later this month.
The North East has two on that list. One for the Tees Valley, and one for the rest of the region. (Cumbria's may also get the go-ahead).
It is just a preliminary list, but it might resolve the problem. And it seems to be the Government's potential solution.
It would avoid creating too many LEPs but it would also kill off the Northern Business Forum's desire to see just a regional successor to One North East.
But it won't quell dissatisfaction from the parts of the region that don't necessarily fancy being pushed together - Tyneside and Wearside for example.
And it might also pose a problem for the Tees Valley too.
The Tees LEP looked a decent size when there were going to be five North East partnerships.
But now it's in danger of being dwarfed by its neighbours.
The Tees Valley partnership will cover a population of around 600k.
To the north there could now well be a North East LEP covering 1.75m people.
And to the south, the Leeds City Region LEP - population 3m.
Size might not be everything in the world of LEPs, but some will wonder how Tees Valley will measure up to its two bigger neighbours.
Bishop Auckland MP Helen Goodman's 80 votes were not enough to win her a place in the Shadow Cabinet
So we now have official confirmation, as I thought likely, that the North East will not have any representative in the Shadow Cabinet.
All four of the region's nominees failed to get enough votes to make the top 19 guaranteed places.
Bishop Auckland's Helen Goodman came closest, coming in 27th with 80 votes (21 short of 19th place).
North Durham MP Kevan Jones came 33rd with 68 votes, Roberta Blackman-Woods (City of Durham) 35th with 63, and Hartlepool's Iain Wright came 40th with 43 votes.
I'm told though there could be a prominent role on offer to one North East MP.
Tynemouth's Alan Campbell is tipped to become Deputy Chief Whip.
He was a staunch supporter of David Miliband, so will be seen as a key appointment in healing divisions.