The fourth Growth Commission Inquiry Event met on 12 May 2016 to explore fresh thinking and solutions to address the main opportunities and challenges at the Corridor-level. Presenters and contributors discussed:
- Place-making for tech and knowledge-based economies;
- Delivering infrastructure: new financial tools;
- Delivering housing: fresh thinking and sustainable solutions; and
- Skills revolution: developing the local workforce.
AGENDA (with links to presentation slides)
Cllr Guy Nicholson, Cabinet Member for Regeneration, London Borough of Hackney
Sir Harvey McGrath, Chair, London Stansted Cambridge Corridor Growth Commission
2. Place-making for tech economies: Creating the right environment and location for tech and knowledge based industries
What are the key requirements to support and nurture tech and knowledge based industries? what kinds of business locations and environments are need to be globally competitive? what kinds of neighbourhoods and communities will attract and retain talent?
SPEAKER: Dr. Tom Holbrook, Director, 5th Studio
3. Delivering infrastructure: New financial tools for funding and delivering infrastructure
What is the current status of new financial tools and vehicles for funding and delivering infrastructure? what are the possibilities from devolution? What is the role of private finance? What kind of collaboration makes sense at a Corridor level/scale? How do we push this agenda forward for key infrastructural priorities in the Corridor?
Sarah Witney, Founding Director, Metro Dynamics
What are the options, and new ideas for delivering the housing and sustainable communities we need? how can this complement and enhance our role and competitiveness as a location for tech and knowledge-based industries?
SPEAKER: Ed Clarke, Centre for Cities
What are the future workforce and skills requirements of science, engineering and technology related industries? Most employers want to recruit more young people locally, but how can we ensure our young people get opportunities at entry-level jobs in science, engineering and technology industries and activities?
SPEAKER: Dr. Stephen Rosevear, Director, Regeneris Consulting