Scotland: The Recovery – Reimagining Scotland’s Cities.

January 27, 2021

A collaboration of the seven Scottish cities and the Scottish Government, the Scottish Cities Alliance facilitates a team effort to drive Scotland’s cities forward and create attractive, investable locations. The SCA Smart Cities, Hydrogen, and Data programmes take a united approach to progressing large-scale projects which will ensure that our cities become more resilient and liveable.

From Aberdeen’s P&J Live – a state-of-the-art 48,000sqm multipurpose venue which won the “UK’s most sustainable venue” – to Europe’s first ever Smart Canal in Glasgow, our cities are pioneering in smart, low carbon strategies. Titled the most attractive location for investment outside of London (EY Attractiveness Survey), Scotland’s future-driven initiative means that companies can re-locate with the confidence that they will be fully supported in the long-term.

As a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, Scotland’s cities have faced unprecedented disruption. Yet the pandemic has also created space to reimagine our cities, and what they offer residents and the nation. Cities across the globe have leveraged the disruption of the pandemic to implement transformative approaches to city management. Closer to home, the Scottish Government’s recent Programme for Government signalled an ambition to rethink Scotland’s cities and deliver a place-based agenda that supports efforts to tackle the climate emergency and support a wellbeing economy. So how can Scotland fulfil this ambition, drawing on best practice from cities across the world?

Holyrood Communications seeks to answer this question across two days of exciting online discussion, with key policymakers and thought leaders from across Scotland and further afield, kicking off on 2nd and 3rd February 2021.

Scottish Cities Alliance Chair, Councillor John Alexander, Leader of Dundee City Council, said:

“I am delighted to join this event to talk about our great cities and how they will navigate Covid and the recovery. This pandemic will have long-lasting impacts on all areas of our society but as cities are key drivers of the economy, their regrowth will be key to rebuilding this crucial aspect of our society. I firmly believe that by working collaboratively, we can achieve the optimum results for Scotland’s cities and crucially, the businesses and citizens they are home to.

The aim of the Scottish Cities Alliance is and has always been to work together to promote the country’s great economic potential and this central aim will be more pivotal than ever as we navigate this unprecedented landscape.”

The Scottish Cities Alliance is delighted to be a part of this upcoming event, with Councillor Alexander participating as a panel speaker alongside Councillor Aitken, City Leader of Glasgow and Doug Young, SCA Data Cluster Co-ordinator. To register for the event, sign up via this link, and view the full agenda here.

The Scottish Cities Alliance will participate in the following sessions:

DAY 1:

9:20-10:20, Session One: A New Vision for Scotland’s Cities

12:15-13:35, Session Three: The Digital City

DAY 2:

12:20-13:20, Session Five: Delivering a Socially Empowered City