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The Herald newspaper has published a feature on how Aberdeen and the North-East of Scotland are seeking to diversity following the oil down-turn, including by developing tourism, food, drink and agriculture.

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Community Land Scotland is recruiting an Urban Development Officer to take forward its community landownership work in urban communities.

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Towns need a cocktail of measures to breathe life into unloved buildings and spaces. From empty churches, to derelict buildings, disused land or empty banks; how do we tackle the difficult stuff in towns? This month, we’re doing just that!

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RSPB Scotland – The Nature of Scotland Awards celebrate and recognise the best of conservation in Scotland.

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CityFibre are to invest £110 million in full fibre infrastructure for Edinburgh and Stirling in partnership with Vodafone.

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Herald Scotland - SINCE 2007, The Herald Property Awards for Scotland have been setting the standard for excellence in housebuilding. For more than a decade, developers, industry professionals and sales teams have recognised these awards as the highest accolade achievable in their field.

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Common Space - CommonSpace spoke to leading voices in community regeneration to find solutions to ‘high street decline’.

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There's a wealth of great news, events and updates on towns' heritage and the built environment in the latest newsletter from Built Environment Forum Scotland. Check it out below! 

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A search to find Scotland’s best community bookie has been launched. Around 1000 shops are eligible to take part in the competition which will judge entries on their fundraising and voluntary activity, their commitment to responsible gambling and support for older and socially isolated people.

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Scottish Ministers are looking to appoint a new Chair of the Board of Architecture and Design Scotland (A&DS).

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Scottish Government Planning & Architecture - The Scottish Awards for Quality in Planning are one of the Government’s most prestigious awards. They celebrate achievements in planning, right from the detail of processing through to the bigger picture of creating places which will become the legacy of our professionalism.

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Sustrans - Sustrans Scotland is delighted to launch the Community Links PLUS design competition for 2018-20, run in partnership with the Scottish Government. Community Links PLUS is an opportunity to conceptualise, design and deliver exemplary and inspirational walking, cycling and placemaking projects in Scotland.

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In this column for the Scotsman, STP Chief Officer Phil Prentice talks about the future of town shopping centres, arguing that it's time for retail to think 'outside of the box'.

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The £1 billion revamp of the St James Centre in Edinburgh is something of an anomaly; we have simply stopped building shopping centres and the development pipeline across the UK has ground to a halt. The shopping centre concept is 75 years old and there are more than 900 of them, but is the idea of a big box full of small boxes still relevant?

Read the full article at the Scotsman or on STP's Chief Officer Blog. 

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Welcome to Scotland’s Towns Partnership’s latest roundup bulletin. 

Please see below for: (i) town photo of the month; (ii) upcoming events; (iii) latest news.

In you have any queries, please don’t hesitate to get in touch. If you are not already, you can also sign up to our newsletter, and become a member to receive free & discounted entry to events, among other benefits.

You can also view upcoming events at our events page, and catch up with the latest news at our news page.

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Tartan Cents is a pilot programme to mobilise Scotland’s US based diaspora through an innovative grant funding platform that will support iconic Scottish regeneration projects.

Working with Scotland’s Towns Partnership, and US-based Patronicity, the platform will aim to support community crowd-granting for towns and cities across Scotland. The programme will seek contributions to link up Scottish diaspora around the world to strengthen community links in the homeland by building bridges and sharing stories.

There are approximately 6.6 million direct descent Scots-Ulster Scots currently residing in the United States alone. It is also estimated that there are between 28-40 million Scottish descendants globally.

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