A new way of generating funding and shaping priorities in place-making is to be presented at Scotland’s Towns Conference, 21 November 2017 in Paisley. 

Organisations and individuals with a stake in towns from across Scotland will hear from Rob St Mary of Patroncity, on how this innovative platform is harnessing public, private and social buy-in to transform communities in Michigan State and beyond. Book your place today!

Rob writes of the project,

“Patronicity is a tech startup based in Detroit focused on using crowdfunding as a way to improve community through developing events, businesses, and arts. Since mid-2014, the platform has helped to raise over $8m for community efforts throughout Detroit and the State of Michigan. Patronicity has also worked with grant agencies to help provide matching dollars to leverage crowdfunding's potential for social good. Similar statewide programs have also been created in Massachusetts and Indiana”. 

You can also check out this short video case study, "Public Spaces, Community Places", about Patroncity’s partnership with Michigan Economic Development Corporation. 


International Experience and Learning  


Rob St Mary, Patroncity's Director of Outreach, is a media and communications expert. After a career in commercial and public radio, he decided to take the lessons learned on the streets covering neighborhoods, arts and culture, and turn them outward as a way of improving the things he’d loved all his life. He is enthusiastic about what the platform can do for the individual and the larger community to open opportunity. Read more.

The presentation is part of a wider look at how Scotland’s towns can draw upon their culture, history and heritage to create thriving places for all; the “future history” of our towns and city districts. Please see further information and links below on this year's Scotland's Towns Conference, including to commercial and exhibition opportunities.


Key features of the conference include:

  •  Leading speakers on place-making, towns and heritage, including Rob St Mary (Director of Outreach, Patronicity, Detroit), Kevin Stewart MSP (Minister for Local Government and Housing, Scottish Government), Sandra Black (Chief Executive, Renfrewshire Council & Board Member, Paisley 2021), Riddell Graham (Director of Partnerships, VisitScotland) and many more. 
  • Guided walking tour of Paisley’s strategic activity areas; learn about the regeneration strategy of Scotland’s finalist to UK City of Culture 2021.
  • 'Back to the Future' town centre innovation labs; "Tourism in our Towns" and "Digital Future Proofing".
  • Networking, marketplace and cultural performances.
  • Competition exhibitions: Most Beautiful High Street winner announcement, and FutureTown Design Competition exhibition and voting.

See below for more:
Book Your Place | Programme | Sponsors | Commercial Opportunities | Conference Webpage

Sponsored By …Connecting Scotland's Towns