August 30, 2016 at 10:00am - 3pm

This event will explore how Scotland’s cities can attract investment, stimulate and drive sustainable and inclusive economic activity in their locales and wider regions.

***20% Early Bird discount available on all bookings before 5pm Wednesday 15 June. Quote code 'CR20' when booking***


In March 2016, the Scottish Government launched their refreshed Cities strategy ‘Scotland’s Agenda for Cities’ building on ‘Scotland's Cities: Delivering for Scotland’ published in 2011, which established the Scottish Cities Alliance.

With the Scottish economy facing significant issues, the Glasgow City Region Deal in place, deals in Aberdeen, Inverness, and Edinburgh and the South-East proposed, there are big challenges and opportunities - how can Scotland’s cities and regions take advantage of these opportunities to secure inclusive economic growth and prosperity?

Key learning objectives:

  • Explore the latest research and policy priorities for sustainable economic development for cities and regions
  • Hear about innovative investment opportunities and growth models
  • Improve policy and community engagement
  • Gain insights from colleagues and peers who are working in this area


Session one: Inclusive and sustainable economic growth

10:00 Welcome and introduction by the Chair

10:05 Inclusive prosperity in and beyond Scotland’s Cities

Dr Georgiana Varna, Scottish Cities Knowledge Centre, Urban Studies, University of Glasgow

10:25 Improving policy and engagement

10:45 Collaborative regional partnership

11:05 Questions and discussion

11:20 Refreshments and networking

Session two: Enhancing development and benefits for all

11:40 Ensuring towns and regions enjoy positive outcomes

Phil Prentice, Chief Officer, Scotland’s Towns Partnership

12:00 Taking advantage of investment models and opportunities

12:20 Building on opportunities to maximise economic impact

Andrew Noble, Programme Manager, Improvement Service

12:40 Questions and discussion

12:55 Networking lunch

Session three: Making it real

13:45 Local authority perspective

14:05 Learning from beyond Scotland

14:25 Questions and discussion

14:45 Chair’s closing remarks

14:50 End of meeting

Venue and costs

Event location: Central Edinburgh

Delegate rates

  • Discounted rate: £149 + VAT (Voluntary / charitable organisations with an annual income of less than £1m)
  • Reduced rate: £199 + VAT (Central government departments and agencies, local authorities, universities, colleges, NHS, police, professional associations and voluntary / charitable organisations with an annual income over £1m)
  • Full rate: £299 + VAT (Commercial organisations e.g. plc, Ltd, LLP

​For more information please contact Craig Flannigan, by email [email protected] or phone 0131 285 1691

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August 30, 2016 at 10:00am - 3pm
Central Edinburgh
Craig Flannigan ·
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