We recently convened a group of senior leaders for a discussion on 21st-century economic growth to shape our places. We wanted to share some of that discussion and insight with you.
Our local places are our streets, neighbourhoods, towns and cities. They’re where we live, work, socialise and rest. Where we build businesses, homes, communities and families. These places are shaped by our people coming together, organised communities, businesses and local public institutions working collaboratively within a patchwork of partnerships, legislation and infrastructure.
But our places, towns and communities are facing new, unmatched challenges. From uncertainties around planning development, environmental changes and disruptions to local economies as a result of COVID-19, we know things will begin to look and feel different. With messages of ‘build back better’ and ‘level up’, how do we engage these strong local places — citizens and business — in leading the conversation about their future?