Plan C for Cities

A new collection of essays from senior city figures on how cities can drive economic growth.

Publication published on 20 November 2012 by Alexandra Jones and Tom Bolton

Cities, responsible for 60 per cent of the UK’s gross domestic product, have a crucial role to play in reviving our national economy. This collection discusses some of the ways in which cities can make a difference to economic growth. We have asked senior city figures and thought leaders to give their views on why cities matter, and how government can help them fulfil their potential. We have presented their ideas in four sections:

1. Why cities matter

2. Funding local growth

3. The transport and houses cities need

4. Developing place-specific policies

With contributions from:

Jonathan Portes, Director of the National Institute of Economic and Social Research

Professor Michael Parkinson CBE, Director of the European Institute for Urban Affairs, Liverpool John Moores University

Adam Marshall, Director of Policy and External Affairs, British Chambers of Commerce

Tony Travers, Director of the Greater London Group, London School of Economics

Alex Plant, Executive Director, Economy, Transport and Environment, Cambridgeshire County Council

David Hill, Chief Executive, Milton Keynes Council

Mark Barrow, Strategic Director: Development, Birmingham City Council

Tom Bridges, Chief Economic Development Officer, Leeds City Council

The Mid-Sized Cities Group (Coventry, Derby, Preston & Sunderland)

Lord Smith of Leigh, Chairman, Association of Greater Manchester Authorities

Ged Fitzgerald, Chief Executive, Liverpool City Council Alistair Neill, Chief Executive, Southampton City Council

Edward Twiddy, Chief Executive, North East Local Enterprise Partnership


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