The Scottish Council for Development & Industry (SCDI) is an independent and inclusive economic development network which seeks to influence and inspire Government and key stakeholders with our ambitious vision to create sustainable economic growth for Scotland. SCDI's diverse and influential membership forms a gathering of knowledge, experience and talent which provides a dynamic and creative force for change.


Wednesday 28 September 2016, 09.00 for 09.30 - 16.00 (FULLY BOOKED*)
Venue: The Studio Glasgow, 67 Hope Street, Glasgow G2 6AE


With the growing importance of Place to economic, social & environmental prospects, this SCDI Conference will explore how we can create more liveable, enlightened & dynamic Cities & 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 & Infrastructure for improving the Productivity, Innovation & Internationalisation of the Scottish economy, especially if Scotland is to become a world leader in digitalisation & 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? 

CONFERENCE THEMES                                                                                            

Discussion & debate will centre around 5 main themes:

  • Learning Lessons on the Decentralisation Journey - As well as increasing the international competitiveness of our Cities & Regions, the competitiveness of Scotland within the UK is a key priority. The emergence of City Region Deals & Regional Growth Deals across Scotland have resulted in new partnerships & increased collaboration across Scotland's Cities & Regions. How do we ensure these steps on the decentralisation journey result in productive places for long term economic & 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 & environmentally? How will reforms in the Planning Review help deliver this, including through community engagement? How can the next National Planning Framework & the agreed & proposed City Region Deal & Regional Growth Deals support successful place-making?

  • Connecting Cities & 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 & combination of emerging technologies - as it disrupts our industries, creating social, economic & environmental change.

  • Embracing the Low Carbon Economy - Scotland's Cities & Regions must work in new ways, using new technologies to accelerate & transform the delivery of public services, & to support Scotland's transition to a low carbon economy by determining priority areas for Low Carbon action. The transition to a Circular Economy is essential if it is to live within environmental limits. How will new forms of collaboration on low carbon across the public & private sector enhance Scotland's competitiveness, as well as improve place for both citizens & business?

  • Smart Cities Scotland - Supported by the Scottish Cities Alliance's Smart Cities Scotland Programme, Scotland's cities have made significant progress in developing their understanding of how adopting open data & Smart technology approaches can help them deliver city services in a more effective, efficient & sustainable way. To provide a long term strategic focus for development & investment in Smart City activity - both at an individual & collective city level - the Alliance has now developed a 'Smart Cities Scotland Blueprint' which will be launched at the Conference.


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