Scotland’s Towns Conference 2023: Delivering towns for all
Scotland’s Towns Conference is our annual, flagship gathering of stakeholders from across sectors involved in supporting Scotland’s towns and improvement districts. This year’s conference will take place in Dundee, on Wednesday 29th November, in partnership with Dundee City Council.
This is an annual opportunity to get together with national place stakeholders; share challenges and opportunities; and to feel inspired and re-energised by the latest thinking, pilots and supports, funding and resources for your place. Together we’ll learn, share, connect, and collaborate on our vision to create healthier, fairer, greener, and more successful places for all.
09:00 – 09:45 OPTIONAL STUDY TOUR – Sponsored by McGill’s Buses
09:15– 10:15 REGISTRATION | EXHIBITION | COFFEE
10:20 – 10:25 WELCOME – Rona Dougall, Broadcaster
10:25 – 10:35 SCOTTISH GOVERNMENT ADDRESS: DELIVERING TOWNS FOR ALL – Joe FitzPatrick MSP, Minister for Local Government Empowerment and Planning, Scottish Government
10:35 – 10:55 DELIVERING TOWNS FOR ALL – DUNDEE SPOTLIGHT – Councillor John Alexander, Leader, Dundee City Council & Blair Parkin, Chief Experience Development Officer, Eden Project (invited)
Eden Project Dundee will be a landmark development for the city, transforming the former gasworks on East Dock Street into a beacon for regeneration and green tourism. It will encourage visitors to think, feel and act differently by revealing how we can learn from and be inspired by nature.
10:55 – 11:15 COFFEE TO GO
11:20 – 12:30 DELIVERING TOWNS FOR ALL – WORLD CAFÉ CONVERSATIONS
An interactive session with three rounds of table discussion centering around how a holistic approach to place should deliver on creating equality and opportunity for an economy that ensures our towns, neighbourhoods and communities are thriving, engaging and viable for all. Submit discussion highlights from your table to an interactive platform to share and learn with the room. Your discussions will feed into Scotland’s Towns Partnership’s Strategic Plan 2024-2025
12:30– 13:45 LUNCH | EXHIBITION
13:55 – 14:15 DELIVERING TOWNS FOR ALL – SCOTLAND-WIDE SPOTLIGHT – Lord Thurso, Chair, VisitScotland (Invited)
14:25 -15:05 FRINGE EVENTS
You’re invited to join a fringe session which will focus on one of these themes with case studies and discussion:
- Town Centre Living
- Enterprising Communities
- Planet and Environment
- Thriving Places
15:15 – 15:35 DELIVERING TOWNS FOR ALL – INTERNATIONAL SPOTLIGHT – David Martin, Joint Managing Director, M Worldwide
15:35 – 15:45 Q & A
15:45 – 15:50 Closing Remarks
If you’d like to become a partner for Scotland’s Towns Conference 2023, or learn more about the various commercial opportunities available (including exhibition, sponsorship, and advertising) please contact Rhona Brown by email on email@example.com.