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Midlands Engine
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West Midlands Forum For Growth

*** 2018 CONFERENCE DATE *** - Tuesday 18th September - Theme: The UK's New Growth Capital

Conference content

Keynote Address: The West Midlands Combined Authority - One year on!

The newly elected Mayor will set out his vision, agenda and priorities for the West Midlands Combined Authority

Keynote Address: The Midlands Engine - A driver for UK Economic Growth!

Subject to final confirmation - Sir John Peace - Chairman of the Midlands Engine, will explain the Midlands Engine “ambitious new strategy” and the region’s enormous economic potential - built around a population of more than 10 million people and an economy worth £217.7bn [13% of the UK’s annual output], and how the West Midlands Engine is empowered to think bigger and work closely across local economies on a scale appropriate to global markets

Panel Session 1: Leading the West Midlands

Local Authority leaders (in the WMCA) will discuss the challenges and opportunities in their domains and their part in realising the potential of the ambitions of the region. How do the Public Sector leaders see the WMCA developing? How will the Midlands compete on the Global Stage? What are the key areas of opportunity from their perspectives? What are the critical success factors? What relationship do they want with the Private Sector?

VOX POP 1: Transformational Cities

A case study of an exemplar overseas regeneration project will be show-cased to demonstrate how places can be dramatically transformed

Panel Session 2: The role of the WMCA in the UK Industrial Strategy

Business, Education and the Public Sector influencers and decision makers will explore how the region will support the Government’s Industrial Growth Strategy. This session will consider the critical success factors in driving Industrial expansion. What are the region’s key growth sectors? What support does Industry need from WMCA? How will the Universities & Industry collaborate to achieve mutual success?

Panel Session 3: The Midlands HS2 Growth Strategy

Public & Private Sector leaders will discuss the massive potential and game-changing impact of the HS2 Growth Corridor and explore the challenges of unlocking land to drive major regeneration. How will the region capitalise on this opportunity and create a platform for future prosperity and growth across the Midlands? What are the key steps in getting major regeneration projects off the ground?

VOX POP 2: Transformational Cities

A case study of an exemplar overseas regeneration project will be show-cased to demonstrate how places can be dramatically transformed

Keynote Address: The Midlands Engine and UK Economic Prosperity

Subject to final confirmation - A Government Minister will outline the HM Government’s Economic growth strategy in a post-brexit Britain; considering the latest position on the green paper - ‘Building our Industrial Strategy’ post consultation, and the importance and place of the Midlands in achieving balanced economic growth across the UK

Damian Lloyd - Senior Director - Investment, GVA, will provide with an overview of investment across the region, with insights into the types, sources and origins of funding and trends in the market. He will also give us GVA’s forecast on the likely impacts of future investment and growth with the advent of HS2 and scale of the opportunity for overseas and UK investors

Panel Session 4: Investing in the West Midlands

Picking up on the previous keynote, Leaders from Government, UK & Overseas investors, will address the practicalities of driving investment into the region; What will attract investors and what relationships they will want with the public sector. Where are the easy wins? Where are the biggest challenges and what does the region need to do to maximise the opportunity?

Keynote Address: Creating Great Places

Ian Mulcahey - Managing Director, Gensler, is an expert in the integration of infrastructure with urban growth and regeneration and brings a global perspective. He will present on the science and art of creating great places; along with the social and economic benefits of placemaking

Panel Session 5: Liveability, people, places and Communities

Our diverse panel of leaders from Retail Property, Leisure & Arts, Healthcare and Investment will discuss their respective parts in creating places where people want to live and where communities can thrive. They will explore how the Public & Private sectors can collaborate with shared ambitions and goals to achieve commercial and social prosperity and sustainable places for people to live, work and play

Vox Pop 3: Transformational Cities

A case study of an exemplar overseas regeneration project will be show-cased to demonstrate how places can be dramatically transformed

Panel Session 6: Delivering More Homes - The Region’s Biggest Challenge

This session brings together a stellar panel of key leaders from the Housing sector, the HCA and Local Government, to debate the challenges of increasing housing supply and choice in the West Midlands. The discussion will cover Private & Public sector collaboration, unlocking land, housing production and mix, and whether / how the West Midlands can meet its housing targets to underpin economic growth!

Summary & conclusions

David Jennings - Chairman of Movers & Shakers, will bring the conference to a close with a brief summary of the day, the challenges and the next steps!