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SCDI have today (Friday 13th September) published the report of their Rural Commission outlining steps they believe are necessary to unlock more of Scotland’s economic potential. Launched in April 2018, the Rural Commission was established to look at the economy throughout Scotland and consider actions that can help people and businesses in every part of the country.

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Parklets are small parts of residential streets reclaimed by the community for people to stop, rest and enjoy.

Here, walking charity Living Streets looks at the part parklets can play in transforming our streets through the lens of a truly inspirational community campaign.

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Now in its fifth year, Scotland’s Towns Partnership and the Cross Party Group on Towns and Town Centres are encouraging MSPs to take a day during Parliamentary Recess to visit towns in their constituency or region as part of the MSP Connector Programme.

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Blachere Illumination are extending a 10% discount offer to all members of Scotland’s Towns Partnership & Scotland’s Improvement Districts. Please read below for more infomation. 

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The Healthy New Towns programme worked with 10 demonstrator sites across England to explore how the development of new places could create healthier and connected communities with integrated and high-quality services. Putting Health into Place, our learning from the programme, is outlined across 10 principles in the below publications.

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The Healthy New Towns programme worked with 10 demonstrator sites across England to explore how the development of new places could create healthier and connected communities with integrated and high-quality services. Putting Health into Place, our learning from the programme, is outlined across 10 principles in the below publications.

Access the executive summary and ten learning principles here

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(Fife Council) - Glenrothes is the first town in the UK to be awarded recognition by Living Wage Scotland for its plan to become a 'Living Wage' town. An Action Group of Glenrothes-based employers is launching the ‘Making Glenrothes a Living Wage Town’ action plan at the Enterprise Hub in Glenrothes today.

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(Keep Scotland Beautiful) - The Scottish Government's Climate Challenge Fund (CCF) is open for a new round of applications.

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(Ad re-posted from Creative Scotland). We are looking for a Place, Partnerships and Communities Officer to join us and support Creative Scotland’s work in the context of Strategic Plan and our Annual Plan. Application deadline 5 September 2019

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Clackmannanshire Council – A number of projects to improve Alloa Town Centre were agreed by Clackmannanshire Council last Thursday (22 August).

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The Federation of Small Businesses Scotland has launched its #FSBmyTown campaign, setting out how the organisation believes we can rejuvenate our towns and secure their long-term future.

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The Chief Officer of Scotland’s Towns Partnerships and Programme Director of Scotland’s Improvement Districts, Phil Prentice, has welcomed a new report on towns published by the Federation of Small Businesses in Scotland.

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The Vacant and Derelict Land Taskforce is challenging all sectors in Scotland to help bring land back into productive use and prevent future sites from being abandoned.

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A new way to link digital and physical retail channels? Leigh Sparks, Chair of Scotland’s Towns Partnership and Professor of Retail Studies at the University of Stirling, gives his views on the new 'Clicks and Mortar' pop-up initiative by Amazon.

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The Great British High Street Awards, run by The Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government (MHCLG) in partnership with Visa and backed by other partners, are recognising and celebrating the communities that are working to revive local high streets.

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