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state of the cities conference

Bookings open for State of the Cities Conference.

State of the Cities Conference

Friday 2 November 2018

Registration - 9:30 | Conference 10:00-13:30

Gordon Suite, AECC


Aberdeen City Council is hosting a State of the Cities Conference, where the Economic Policy Review of Aberdeen will be launched.

The Aberdeen City Region is one of opportunity, ambition and innovation - a dynamic and talent-rich area proud of its heritage and invested in its future.  

Focus will be placed upon the current economic climate of the city whilst looking to the future and learning from the experiences of other key cities.  

Renowned as a global energy hub, the Aberdeen City Region is a vibrant and entrepreneurial part of Scotland which is home to a unique mix of business opportunities and specialist skills across various sectors including energy, technology, life sciences and food, drink and agriculture. 

Aberdeen City Council was the first Scottish local authority to successfully secure index linked bonds of £370million, demonstrating the strength of commitment to both the city and the Council by the investment community. 

More than 20% of Scotland’s leading businesses are located in our region, which is taking great strides to ensure that it continues to compete on a world stage. Aberdeen is in the midst of a transformational journey designed to drive an economic revitalisation, bringing benefits to the region, Scotland and the UK overall now and for generations to come. 

More than £8billion of public and private infrastructure investment is due to be delivered before 2030, marking an exciting time to be part of the region’s renaissance. 

Full programme below, please click here to reserve your space.



Friday, 2 November
09:30 – 10:00
Registration & Exhibitor stalls
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10.00 - 10.10 Introduction / Programme for the conference
Donald John McDonald, Editor News, STV North
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10.10 - 10.20 Welcome
Councillor Douglas Lumsden, Co-Leader, Aberdeen City Council
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10.20 - 10.50 Aberdeen Economic Policy Panel Annual Report
Mr Dougie Peedle, Economic Policy Panel
Dr Hanan Morsy, Economic Policy Panel
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10:50 – 11:20
Panel discussion through audience Q&A
• Mr Dougie Peedle,Economic Policy Panel
• Dr Hanan Morsy, Economic Policy Panel
• Angela Scott, Chief Executive Aberdeen City Council
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11:20-11:35 Coffee Break
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11:35-11:50 Powers to drive local investment plans
Senator Lyndon Farnham, States of Jersey and Minister for Economic Development, Tourism, Sport & Culture
Keynote session
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11:50 – 12:05pm
Chris Murray, Director of Core Cities UK
Keynote session
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12:05 – 12:20 Economic leadership of a city
Councillor Jenny Laing, Co-Leader, Aberdeen City Council
Keynote session
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12:20 – 12:40
Panel discussion through audience Q&A
• Senator Lyndon Farnham, States of Jersey and Minister for Economic Development, Tourism, Sport & Culture
• Chris Murray, Director of Core Cities UK
• Councillor Jenny Laing, Co-Leader, Aberdeen City Council
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12:40 – 12:45 Thank you
Councillor Douglas Lumsden, Co-Leader, Aberdeen City Council
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1245 – 13:30 Lunch & networking at exhibitor stalls
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Some of our key partners and projects will be onsite with exhibition stalls for delegates to visit.


Please click here to reserve your space.

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