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Capital City Region Conference 2008

Flying High

Flying High: What it Means to be World Class

The Edinburgh City Region has big ambitions. We wish to build on our position as a major international region by continuously improving our ability to attract global investment and tourism. Despite vigorous competition, we are determined to become not just world class, but truly world leading. But what does this really mean in practice?

This conference is designed to explore what being a world leader means to the Edinburgh City Region. What are the pre-requisites? How far have we come and where are we going? What does it mean in terms of investment and productivity and how do we achieve growth in a sustainable way?

Royal College of Physicians of Edinburgh
9 Queen Street

8:30 am - 1:00 pm

Registration fee (includes lunch, refreshments and brochure):
£95.00 (early bird) / £125.00 (from 5 October)


8.00 Registration - coffee and hot breakfast rolls

Welcome and Introduction

8:30 Welcome from Chair - Sally Magnusson

8:35 Introduction to the day - Cllr Jenny Dawe, Leader of the City of Edinburgh Council

What does it mean to be world class?

8.45 Dermot Finch, Director of the Centre for Cities

9:10 Brendan Dick, Director of BT Scotland

The City Region response - a framework for regional economic development

9.35 Dave Anderson, Director of City Development, City of Edinburgh Council

10.00 Questions and discussion

10:30 Break

Progress so Far

11:00 Keith Winter, Head of Development Services, Fife Council

The Sustainability Challenge

11:25 Paul Appleby, Director of the Building Sustainability Unit, URS Corporation

The role of the Scottish Government

12:00 Jim Mather MSP, Minister for Enterprise, Energy and Tourism

12:10 Discussion and conference round-up - Chair

12:50 Closing remarks - Jeremy Peat, Director of the David Hume Institute

13:00 Lunch

Tickets are available at

Further information can be obtained from:
Kathryn Slater
Head of Events
Speakeasy Productions
Wildwood House

Telephone: 01738 828 524

Kyle Drummond
Graduate Intern
Economic Development
City of Edinburgh Council
G6 Waverley Court
4 East Market Place

Telephone: 0131 529 4849

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