This Forum will provide attendees with a fantastic opportunity to examine how investment in local infrastructure projects, including transport improvements, will help boost economic prosperity post COVID-19. In addition, attendees will learn from leading sector experts and best practice case studies on how to access central government infrastructure funding and work in partnership with the private sector to deliver local projects that provide employment opportunities, support SMEs and bolster growth.
Local infrastructure investment and efficient delivery is going to be key for the recovery of the UK economy from Covid-19. In August 2020, the government launched a new ‘Acceleration Unit’ to speed up infrastructure delivery into the future. In June 2020, the government announced a Northern Transport Acceleration Council, which is designed to level up communities and strengthen devolution.
The government has demonstrated its commitment to building back better post Covid-19 through numerous policy and funding initiatives. Firstly, in the March 2020 budget they pledged £4.2bn for local economies from 2022 with a massive cash injection for local trains, buses, and tram networks. Secondly, the government announced allocations for the £900m ‘Getting Building Fund’ designed specifically to provide economic support to local areas that need it most, in August 2020. In June 2020, the government provided £589m for rail upgrades across the north. In October 2020, the New Town Deals was announced with £180m of funding to support local economic growth and regeneration across 7 local areas. Most recently in November 2020 the government announced plans for a new National Infrastructure Bank which will be based in the North, funding projects which will help the UK reach its net zero carbon targets by 2050 as well as support the levelling up agenda.
The Atkins Covid-19 Infrastructure Impact and Recovery Report, published in August 2020, highlighted the importance of digital innovation. 95% of senior decision makers believe that digital innovation will be increasingly important after the Covid-19 crisis. The report also showed that two thirds (68%) of infrastructure businesses expect their organisation’s outlook to have recovered to pre-crisis levels by Q4 2021. Another key area of importance for economic recovery will be developing and delivery green infrastructure. In August 2020, the government announced £1.3 billion in investment to deliver 45,000 homes and 85,000 jobs and upgrade skills to help fuel a green economic recovery.
As we look at the post Covid-19 recovery it is vital that local enterprise partnerships, councils and private sector partners come together and make the most of funding and investment opportunities. Successfully utilising innovative digital technologies, implementing green infrastructure projects and working in partnership to deliver transport improvements will be key to boosting economic prosperity and local economic growth post Covid-19.
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Key Features of an Online IG Event
Throughout the Conference you will be able to make use of:
- One on one networking opportunities and live delegate meet ups
- Replay functions so you never miss a session
- Live chat, questioning and polling tools
- Real time resources and presentations
- A next generation conference engagement platform
- Key advice and guidance on utilising infrastructure to support local growth
- COVID-19; What has been the impact and how have local services been responding?
- What does the future hold for infrastructure and transport? Impact of the Spending Review; Brexit and COVID-19 recovery
David Waterhouse, Head of Local Economies and Infrastructure at MHCLG will share the latest government policy and guidance on how local councils can effectively embed planning and good design into their infrastructure strategies, as well as local regeneration projects to help boost local growth.
This session will also include examining the new planning and design reforms, including how they impact local infrastructure projects and the standards in which local councils must meet.
Furthermore, David will also outline advice on how councils can best utilise infrastructure projects to create jobs, upgrade skills and help fuel a green economic recovery.
Councillor Ian Ward, Leader of Birmingham City Council and WMCA Portfolio Holder for Transport will outline best practice guidance on investing £127m into transport infrastructure as a mechanism for supporting the regions economic recovery. Practical advice and guidance during this session will include;
- Learning the impact delivering segregated cycle lanes and walking infrastructure had on improving connectivity between rail and bus locations
- Outlining the work of West Yorkshire Combined Authority and learning how they will deliver improvement projects in collaboration with local councils, the private sector, and Local Enterprise Partnerships (LEPs)
- Outlining the work the APPG has been doing during COVID-19 and discussing work done to support local government with their local infrastructure plans and delivery needs
- Sharing evidence and lessons learned by the APPG on Infrastructure throughout the Covid-19 crisis and relaying this information with local government
- Examining the impact of the Government’s new National Infrastructure Bank and how the APPG urges for it to interact with local government
- Next steps for the APPG in its role to support local government and the infrastructure sector in the aftermath of Brexit and Covid19
Transport for the North will outline the important role local infrastructure projects should play in supporting local economic growth, boosting prosperity, and helping to level up the divide between North and South of the UK.
Tim will also outline how Transport for the North supports local councils across the North of England to undertake new local infrastructure projects, including the steps being taken to support them in the aftermath of COVID-19.
Sharing how Derby City Council successfully bid for the Government’s ‘£161m Transforming Cities’ fund. This session will deliver practical tips and learning outcomes aimed at improving connections between major employment sites and promoting active travel and public transport.
- Evaluating how to establish Smart Park & Ride Hubs, Mass Transit Links and Demand Responsive Transport services to establish growth corridors
- Explaining the need to improve connectivity between Derby, Nottingham and East Midlands Airport, including how it will help support local growth recovery
- Outlining the lessons learnt when bidding for the Transforming Cities’ fund and the impact COVID-19 has had on the transport connectivity strategy going forward
- Outlining how Coast to Capital is investing in its local infrastructure to build back stronger, smarter and greener as outlined in its 2020 framework
- Highlighting how Coast to Capital has successfully invested more than £300 million in local infrastructure and the return this has created for local economic growth
- Sharing Coast to Capitals new Skills Strategy, how it is being implemented and what others can learn from it
- Exploring the structural weaknesses of the regional economy and outlining how Coast to Capitals plans on delivering a prosperous, vibrant recovery
This 30-minute panel discussion will examine the importance of ‘greening the grey’ as a method to boost local growth, create jobs, promote resilience and meet the government’s net zero target. The panel will discuss issues such as:
- Sharing advice on how best to embed sustainable and green principals into local infrastructure projects and strategies
- Outlining the role green infrastructure can play in boosting local growth, creating jobs and supporting the economy to recover post COVID-19
- Highlighting the impact and importance of more sustainable forms of infrastructure in the effort to “build back better”.
*Programme Subject to Change
This Forum is specifically designed for Local Government, Regional/Combined Authorities and Local Enterprise Partnerships. Typical job title will include:
- Heads of Infrastructure
- Infrastructure Delivery Managers
- Heads of Investment
- Chief Executives
- Planning Officers
- Project Directors/Managers
- Strategic Planning Managers
- Chief Operating Officers
- Directors and Deputy Directors
- Heads of Regeneration