People that live or work in one of Scotland’s cities are invited to attend Scotland’s first ever Cities Convention in Perth on 13 November 2015. The event will provide an opportunity to talk with city leaders and Scottish Government ministers, and to share ideas on how to make Scotland’s cities even better. During the day, you will be able to:
- Share your views
- Hear good news stories from Scotland’s seven cities
- Meet city leaders and Scottish Government Ministers
- Be inspired by speakers who have stories to tell from around Scotland and further afield about how cities can work for the benefit of all
- Extend your network and make useful connections.
Keith Brown, Cabinet Secretary for Infrastructure, Investment and Cities, will be welcoming you on the day, along with his colleague Councillor Andrew Burns, leader of City of Edinburgh Council and Chair of the Scottish Cities Alliance.
The day will be moderated by Eddy Adams, a native of Glasgow and an expert in gathering positive stories about cities working beyond boundaries.
The Deputy First Minister and Cabinet Secretary for Finance, Constitution and Economy, John Swinney, native of Edinburgh and now MSP for Perthshire North, will speak and take questions.
Gorka Espiau, a native of Bilbao, is the Director of Innovation for Cities and Regions at The Young Foundation. He will be sharing stories of transformation in Belfast, Leeds and the Basque Country.
Rachael Brown hails from Leith and is a creative social entrepreneur and Saltire Fellow. She will be sharing stories about how to develop creative solutions in sectors such as social housing, regeneration, specialist care, prisons and with early years.
Examples of innovation, creative approaches, and good partnership working will be shared from across Scotland, Europe and around the world. This includes a student leader talking about the development of the UHI campus in Inverness, school children who’ve been involved in the development of Dundee Waterfront and the person who came up with the idea of using empty office buildings to run an arts festival in Edinburgh.
If you would like to attend this event please register at the link below:
Please note that places are limited. To help achieve a representative spread of delegates from across Scotland’s cities, confirmation of your place will be emailed to you shortly after your registration. Scotrail will fund train travel for those community representatives travelling from outside Perth. If you are attending as a volunteer (i.e. not in the course of your paid employment) and planning to travel by train from Aberdeen, Dundee, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Inverness or Stirling, please email CitiesTeam@gov.scot with your home address and a voucher will be sent by post. The voucher covers rail travel to and from the Convention on Scotrail services by any route. There are a limited number of vouchers, so please apply soon.