‘INVESTING IN THE FUTURE’ - People | Place | Economy
KEYNOTE - TRANSFORMATIONAL TECHNOLOGY - 5G
We will open the conference with a ‘TED’ style talk to look at game-changing technology being developed in the West Midlands and the social economic impacts that this will deliver to the region and to the world we live in. [Announcement to be made shortly].
KEYNOTE - ‘STATE OF THE UNION’ - ‘CREATING CERTAINTY IN UNCERTAIN TIMES’ - WEST MIDLANDS
Mayor Andy Street CBE
How has the West Midlands progressed in the past 12 months? Is the region on plan? What challenges lay ahead in these uncertain times? How certain is the West Midlands strategy?
PRESENTATIONS - ‘THE WEST MIDLANDS GROWTH CORRIDORS’
In 5 x ‘Quick Fire’ presentation, we will get an insight into key aspects of the £10bn Investment Portfolio; including Growth Corridors: Wolverhampton; Sandwell; Perry Barr; Great Icknield and the Town Centre Programme.
PRESENTATION - ‘REGENERATION’ - ‘WORLD CLASS EXEMPLAR’
How can regeneration transform places, drive economic growth and deliver social change? We will look at a ‘World Class’ regeneration project to understand the positive impacts and outcomes that well-conceived exemplar projects can deliver along with the challenges, the lessons learned and the long term legacy.
KEYNOTE - INVESTING IN GREAT PLACES
What makes a place investable? What attracts investors to a location? What are the key investment drivers? How important is local leadership?
PANEL SESSION - INVESTING IN GROWTH - PUBLIC & PRIVATE COLLABORATION
Public & Private sector collaboration is increasingly seen as the route to unlocking development opportunities, delivering better social outcomes and in some cases de-risking projects. In this session, with a mix of public and private sector leaders, we will explore the challenges, opportunities and benefits of collaboration and development / investment partnerships.
DISCUSSION SESSION - NEXT GENERATION LEADERS - SHAPING THE FUTURE
What does the ‘Next Generation’ of leaders want from the Growth in the West Midlands? What are their priorities? What changes would they like to see in terms of economic and social outcomes? With a panel of young contributors we can expect a lively and dynamic session!
INTERVIEW - ‘LEADING FROM THE FRONT’ - A CONVERSATION WITH DEBORAH CADMAN OBE
Two years into post, how does the Chief Executive of the West Midlands Combined Authority measure progress in the West Midlands? What are her priorities? What is her vision? How does she view the future?
PANEL SESSION - INVESTING IN PEOPLE & COMMUNITIES - ADDRESSING SOCIAL CHALLENGES; DELIVERING CHANGE
Like all parts of the UK, the West Midlands has come massive social challenges to overcome. In this session, with a mix of public and private sector contributors, we will explore the priorities for social change; The relationship between good homes and social cohesion; What are the challenges of youth crime, drug abuse and how can such behaviour be changed? What part can education, training and skills play in driving better social outcomes?
KEYNOTE - INVESTING IN TOMORROW’S HOMES - KEVIN MCCLOUD, TV PRESENTER AND HAB FOUNDER & BRAND AMBASSADOR
Kevin McCloud, a designer in this own right, has been on our TV screens for 20 years presenting programmes on design, architecture and houses. He also founded his own housing company. What has he learnt about good design? What works? What fails? What is good design?
PANEL SESSION - ‘BETTER BY DESIGN’ - INVESTING IN COMMUNITIES
In this session a panel of leaders from public and private sectors will seek to understand the value of good design, what it can deliver and whether it can enhance lives. We will explore the WMCA’s ambitions for delivering homes and where ‘design’ sits on the agenda. Does increased densification deliver poor outcomes? What are the characteristics of ‘good design’? Can modular construction delivery quality homes?
We aim to conclude the day with a ministerial keynote to put the West Midlands in context with the UK’s growth strategy.