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Local Government Authority Conference - breakfast fringe seminar

4th July 2018

We are delighted to be hosting our breakfast fringe event “Cities’ industrial strategies: ensuring today’s built environment meets the needs of tomorrow’s local community” at the Local Government Association Conference (LGA) from 8:15am until 9:15am on Wednesday 4 July 2018 at the International Convention Centre, Birmingham - Hall 6.

During our breakfast we will explore how we can help further accelerate innovation and deliver fresh investment to drive economic growth, create jobs and deliver prosperity for the public sector across the UK.

Using a new Centre for Cities report that examines the growth of sectors and the importance these have on cities and regions, we will consider how existing assets can be re-purposed and re-defined to create and release value for landlords, providing much needed revenue streams, capital receipts and above all else, better places to live, work and play. 

We will explore best practice and new approaches that adopt new strategies to combine economic development with spatial development, infrastructure and digital development, improved sustainability and other services to increase prosperity and inclusion for our local communities.

Andrew Carter, Chief Executive, Centre for Cities will cover in his opening address the fundamentals of the report findings. Following his presentation, the panel will provide a two minute response followed by question time.


  • Chair: Deborah McLaughlin, Managing Director - Real Estate Projects, Capita Real Estate and Infrastructure

  • Andrew Carter, Chief Executive, Centre for Cities
  • Joanne Roney, Chief Executive, Manchester City Council
  • Katie Judge, Executive Manager for Business & Innovation, Greater Birmingham & Solihull Local Enterprise Partnership
  • Jim Taylor, Chief Executive, Salford City Council
  • Edna Robinson, Chairman, People’s Powerhouse

Key questions the panel will cover:

  • Which sectors are growing the fastest and what further support might they need that is different to others?
  • What tools can be used to overcome barriers to investment and new development to create a place that creates new employment opportunities for local communities
  • What role might retail play in the future learning from the shifts that we have seen today?
  • How do we attract further investment to create the digital place to enable the connected citizen, the connected city and to support communities – is this a development, local authority Central Government or provider responsibility?

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