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Wolverhampton people have been making things happen for a Millennium. With £868m investment in the city centre either on site or in the pipeline, the city is on the up. Find out more about the city's people and their achievements in the Wolverhampton Story video.
The City of Wolverhampton is transforming itself as a City and has a council with the confidence and capability to lead the way. This supplement, featured in the Municipal Journal on 26th October 2015, outlines how the Council is transforming itself from the inside out to meet the challenges faced by many local authorities.
New Horizons outlines the City’s plans for regeneration to create opportunities for future generations and working collaboratively to yield the benefits of combined authority approach.
Council employees let us know just what it's like to work for the City of Wolverhampton Council.
Councillor Ian Brookfield
The incumbent Mayor of Wolverhampton, Councillor Ian Brookfield welcomes all new starters within the City of Wolverhampton Council.
Facts and details about the City of Wolverhampton
The population of Wolverhampton is approximately 252,987 (Source ONS: 2014 Mid-year population estimates) and the natives of Wolverhampton are 'Wulfrunians'.
Wolverhampton was given city status along with Brighton and Hove and Preston in December 2000 when the Government declared all three 'Millennium Cities'.
Wolverhampton was the first town in Britain to introduce automated traffic lights in 1927 in Princes Square at the junction of Lichfield Street and Princess Street.
The Sunbeam motor car, built in Wolverhampton, became the first vehicle to hit 200mph when it broke the land speed record in 1927.
The city is named after Lady Wulfruna, who founded the town in 985AD and was the granddaughter of Ethelred I. The name 'Wolverhampton' derives from 'Wulfruna's town on the hill' (Heaneton meaning town on the hill).
The surrounding area near Wolverhampton became known as 'the Black Country' when, during heavy industrialisation of the area in the late 19th century, pollution covered the area in black soot and left the soil black.
Wolverhampton's most famous sporting son, footballer Billy Wright, was the first player in the world to earn 100 caps playing for his country. Wright spent his entire 20-year career at Wolves, and played 105 times for England between 1946 and 1959, captaining the national side on 90 occasions.
Wolverhampton is twinned with three cities - Subotica in Serbia, Klagenfurt in Austria and Ulaanbaatar in Mongolia.
The gold and black colours of Wolverhampton Wanderers FC originate from the city's motto 'Out of darkness cometh light', with gold and black representing light and dark respectively.