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A roundtable to discuss how combined authorities can use their assets for growth

Event starts at 10.30am on 1 March 2018 at Birmingham - contact for details

Centre for Cities is delighted to be working with the Property Industry Alliance (PIA), on a roundtable to discuss the different ways in which cities and combined authorities can make the most of their public assets for furthering investment and growth.

The Property Industry Alliance (PIA) was formed in May 2006 with a remit to facilitate closer working between the leading representative bodies in the commercial property industry.  The PIA membership comprises: Association of Real Estate Funds; British Council for Offices; British Property Federation; Commercial Real Estate Finance Council Europe; Investment Property Forum; Revo; Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors; and the Urban Land Institute.

This event, which will be the first in a series of three, will look at the different ways combined authorities in particular can use their wider and varied geographies, increased powers (where they have them), and brand, to draw in more investment, more financing and stronger economic resilience.

Building on previous work on public assets by Centre for Cities, and expertise from the PIA’s extensive membership, this first roundtable will bring together senior level attendees from the real estate industry, and guest speaker Andy Street, Mayor of West Midlands, to discuss and debate how cities have already used their land and property assets to support their finances and attract further investment. It will, in particular ask:

  • How do cities use their assets and has this led to further investment or financing for economic growth?
  • What would the private sector want to see from cities when it comes to public assets; and would this encourage them to invest there?
  • What powers do combined authorities and local authorities already have under the Localism Act to make use of their assets – do they go far enough?

This roundtable is by invitation only, for more information contact Rita Beden.