The Scottish Government announced today that almost 30 towns across Scotland have been awarded specialist support to develop their Digital Towns Plans.

The Digital Towns programme, which launched earlier this year is funded by the Scottish Government and delivered by Scotland’s Towns Partnership. The aim of the programme is to encourage Towns to think more creatively, rather than installing basic town centre WiFi and allows towns to think about smarter concepts, including using digital to manage parking, smart lighting and waste collection, and using the infrastructure in towns to deliver education, digital heritage and tourism and entrepreneurship hubs.

Inverclyde has been selected as a pilot to showcase SMART Town technology and to explore how Digital Infrastructure can solve real life problems such as virtual education, parking, lighting and air quality. A further 30 other towns will now also receive free consultancy and specialist support.

Kevin Stewart MSP, Minister for Local Government & Housing said:

“The Scottish Government has invested significant funding over the last few years to ensure Scotland’s digital connectivity provides our population with the tools to create a wide range of new economic and social benefits.

“This programme will further enhance the work we are undertaking for our towns and city districts across the country. I am really pleased to see the level of ambition and innovation being shown by these towns, and also pleased to see that a broad range of participants including councils, Business Improvement Districts and community groups are set to benefit.”

Phil Prentice, Chief Officer of Scotland’s Towns Partnership said:

“Digital technology is changing our society and the way we live. It is changing the way we communicate, how we buy and sell goods and services, how we learn and how we organise our lives. Broad digital adoption and innovation will create significant economic and social value for Scotland and where there is a wider strategic fit, our town centres can play an active role in embracing the digital revolution.

We look forward to supporting these projects over the next few months and we will share the learning with all the other towns thinking about doing similar things.”

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For further information: http://www.scotlandstowns.org/stp_digital_towns_guidance

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