Today’s Northern Futures Summit, co-hosted by the Centre for Cities and the Office of the Deputy Prime Minister in central Leeds, brings together UK city leaders, academics, senior policy experts, captains of industry, and local students and teachers, who will be sharing their ideas on how governments, business and citizens can work together to create a thriving Northern economy.
From delivering the right infrastructure, to empowering cities to build better environments to live, work and do business, this Summit seeks to explore the practical ways we can boost Northern prosperity in the years ahead.
It will be chaired by the Centre’s Acting Chief Executive, Andrew Carter, and will include keynote addresses from Professor Ed Glaeser, Professor of Economics at Harvard University and author of Triumph of the City, and Jim O’Neill, Chairman of the City Growth Commission and former Chief Economist at Goldman Sachs.
Andrew Carter, Acting Chief Executive, Centre for Cities, said:
“Today marks an important step in thinking about how our Northern cities can fulfil their potential. Importantly, many of the ideas being discussed here today have been put forward by the people best-placed to identify the priorities and opportunities for the North – those who live and work here. I have no doubt that this Summit will produce the kind of ambitious and forward-thinking policy ideas that will be integral to driving the growth and regeneration of the North – building thriving city economies that can compete on the global stage.”
The Centre for Cities is an independent research institute focused on the economic development of the UK’s cities. We work closely with all levels of government and industry to produce evidence-driven policy recommendations to drive local and national economic growth, and help UK cities to overcome their most pressing challenges. Read more about our 2015 Election Manifesto here.
Our most recent work focusing on bringing long-term prosperity to Northern cities includes our Fast Track to Growth report on improving inter- and inner-city transport links. Our full research programme can be accessed here.
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