September 28, 2016 at 9:30am - 3pm

With the growing importance of Place to economic, social and environmental prospects, this conference will explore how we can create more liveable, enlightened and dynamic cities and regions that thrive in the emerging economy.

SCDI’s recently published policy Blueprint, 'From Fragile to Agile: A Blueprint for Growth & Prosperity', highlights the importance of competitive Places and infrastructure for improving the Productivity, Innovation and Internationalisation of the Scottish economy, especially if Scotland is to become a world leader in digitalisation and the low carbon transition. The new Scottish Government has committed to a sustained nationwide drive to boost productivity through innovation. What is the role of place in driving this?


Discussion and debate will centre around 4 main themes:

Learning Lessons on the Decentralisation Journey
As well as increasing the international competitiveness of our cities and regions, the competitiveness of Scotland within the UK is a key priority. The emergence of City Region Deals and Regional Growth Deals across Scotland have resulted in new partnerships and increased collaboration across Scotland’s cities and regions. How do we ensure these steps on the decentralisation journey result in productive places for long term economic and social prosperity?

Planning for Productive Places
Successful place-making is key to the challenge of improving Scotland’s productivity. What will make a place successful socially, economically and environmentally? How will reforms in the Planning Review help deliver this, including through community engagement? How can the next National Planning Framework and the agreed and proposed City Region Deal and Regional Growth Deals support successful place-making?

Connecting Cities and Regions in the Digital Age
Investment in enabling infrastructure for competitive place has been shown to generate some of the most significant productivity improvements, but for this investment to be transformative it must embrace the 'Fourth Industrial Revolution' - shaped by the introduction and combination of emerging technologies - as it disrupts our industries, creating social, economic and environmental change.

Scotland’s Cities: Smarter & Greener
How will new forms of collaboration on Smart Cities and Low Carbon across the public and private sector enhance Scotland’s international competitiveness, as well as improve place for both citizens and business?


To request a delegate place at this conference please email [email protected]

Please note that there is no charge to attend, but places must be registered in advance.

September 28, 2016 at 9:30am - 3pm
The Studio Glasgow, 67 Hope Street, Glasgow G2 6AE
Claire Miller ·
Sponsored by Supporting Scotland's Towns
Sponsored By Supporting Scotland's Towns