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Scotland's Cities and Regions in a Global Smart Economy: The challenge of competing, collaborating and growing

Wed 13th May 2015

, Holiday Inn Edinburgh City West

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This conference will explore the challenges and opportunities for Scotland’s cities and regions in a globally competitive smart economy. It will look at how we both compete and collaborate with city regions in the rest of the UK and beyond and will focus on how Scotland's city regions can leverage old strengths and new opportunities to be dynamic creators of wealth and innovation into the future.

This conference will examine:

  • Scottish cities and Scottish Government strategy and policy
  • Collaboration and competition between city regions at home and abroad
  • Key economic drivers for city regions
  • Investment, partnership and growth
  • City and city region approaches in Europe and globally
  • Connecting urban, rural and remote Scotland’s economic growth
  • Smart, connected places: Combining digital and low carbon

What is the power and potential of Scotland’s city regions as magnets for investment and innovation and as core drivers for economic growth? Should we be adopting other global models or creating our own paths? What is the route to smart, sustainable, socially just, successful city regions? 


Keith Brown MSP

Cabinet Secretary for Infrastructure, Investment and Cities, Scottish Government


Susan Deacon Assistant Principal Corporate Engagement - University of Edinburgh

Richard McWilliams Innovation Director - Property and Infrastructure

Councillor Frank Ross Convenor of the Economy Committee, City of Edinburgh Council

Jonathan Guthrie Head of Low Carbon Investment, Scottish Government

Simon Tricker Engaging Communities, Urban Tide

Maggie Morrison Business Development Director - Public Sector Scotland, CGI

Brian Kilkelly CEO, World Cities Network

Stephen Turner Head of Future Cities, Manchester City Council

Stefanie O'Gorman Director of Sustainable Economics, Jacobs

Willy Roe Chair, Edinburgh World Heritage

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Very often it's the creative thinking that takes place across organisations and between sectors that leads to the best results. One Public Sector Expo brings people together to share their insights on how this spirit of collaboration is transforming Scotland's public services, and has on display some inspirational examples of practical action that is improving people's lives.

John Swinney MSP, Cabinet Secretary for Finance, Employment and Sustainable Growth,
Scottish Government