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29 September 2012
Embargo: Not for publication or broadcast before 00:01, Monday 1 October 2012


On Monday 1 October, leading experts from Scotland’s private sector and universities will join senior figures from Scotland's seven cities to connect at a key conference to progress the strategy of the Scottish Cities Alliance and identify the solutions to deliver the top-level objectives of economic growth and job creation.

The Scottish Cities Forum, the first major cities conference since the launch of Scotland’s Agenda for Cities, will involve 200 delegates debating and discussing the key priorities of the Scottish Cities Alliance. Working in partnership with global experts on cities economies including Siemens, Arup, IBM, and BT the event will bring this knowledge to Scotland’s Cities priorities including the new rules of the city economy, the opportunities of partnership and visions of the mega city.

The major themes of the Scottish Cities Alliance; Sustainability, Connectivity and Vibrant Cities, will also run as key working streams throughout the day.

Deputy First Minister and Cabinet Secretary for Infrastructure, Investment and Cities, Nicola Sturgeon said:

"Whilst our cities will always compete, the Scottish Cities Alliance gives them the opportunity to work together to develop strong propositions for job creation, international investment and economic growth.  The efforts of this Alliance should deliver positive outcomes, and it is crucial that this moves forward with purpose and momentum.

“It is vital that we strive to boost the connections between our cities, and with their regions, to ensure that we deliver maximum and sustainable benefits for the people of Scotland"

Dr Lesley Sawers, Chief Executive of SCDI and Chair of the Scottish Cities Alliance Leadership Group said:

“The success of Scotland's cities is essential to Scotland's long-term economic future and our plans to attract increased international investment.

“Cities across the world are working in partnership to develop innovative and clear solutions in areas including employability, sustainability, and connectivity. Our ambition is to replicate this across Scotland’s seven cities working in partnership with the private sector to achieve our shared vision of city-led jobs and growth for Scotland.”

Elaine Trimble, Urban Infrastructure Economist, Siemens said:

“Cities are the engines of the world economy and across the globe are working together to make investments to create jobs, tackle climate change and make cities key places to live, work, and do business.

“We welcome the ambition of the Scottish Cities Alliance to play their role in delivering sustainable economic growth in Scotland and look forward to lending our support and expertise as a key partner to achieve this”


Notes to editors

The Scottish Cities Alliance is the collaboration of Scotland's seven cities (Aberdeen, Dundee, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Inverness, Perth and Stirling), the Scottish Government and SCDI. More information can be found at

The Scottish Cities Forum takes place on Monday 1 October at the Marriott Hotel, Glasgow.

The full conference agenda can be downloaded at:

For further information, please contact James Alexander, SCDI Senior Policy and Communications Manager on 07762 023 985.


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