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Infrastructure under the spotlight at ‘Connections for Prosperity’ conference in July

by Geny Caloisi

The Centre for the New Midlands (CNM) will hold its inaugural ‘Connections for Prosperity’ conference on July 5th and 6th to discuss infrastructure’s role in addressing the challenges and opportunities facing the region.

Held at the Warwick Conferences, University of Warwick, Coventry, ‘Connections for Prosperity’ will bring together key public and private sector stakeholders from across the West Midlands to debate how transport, energy, water, digital, social infrastructure, and housing can each play a crucial role in the continued growth of the region. 

Sir John Armit

Amid a packed schedule of panel discussions and workshops at the conference, Andy Street CBE (pictured above), Mayor of the West Midlands, and Sir John Armitt (pictured right), Chair of the National Infrastructure Commission, will be among the esteemed speakers assessing current how Government policy and investment in the design and delivery of strategic infrastructure can stimulate economic, social, and ecological regeneration.

Chris Smith, Founder and Managing Director at Centre for the New Midlands, added: “This event presents a unique opportunity for the region’s decision-makers to really evaluate how we can best utilise our local infrastructure to drive tangible, sustainable change. 

“Despite efforts to “level up” areas of the country having been impeded by the pandemic in recent years – regional businesses, people, and communities can still make a difference. The key is understanding that we each share equal responsibility for bringing about transformation. 

“Since the creation of the CNM, we have recognised a genuine appetite within the region for pushing the political agenda when it comes to improving the communities in which we operate, and through our first ‘Connections for Prosperity’ conference, we are creating a space where people can come to debate, shape and create a ‘better’ region for all.”

Professor Denise Bower OBE Group External Engagement Director for Mott MacDonald, the event’s headline sponsor, will also attend to provide valuable insight into local, national, and global infrastructure. The Birmingham offices of international infrastructure consulting firm AECOM have pledged to fund a scholarship to enable six students from the region to attend for free.

Tickets to the event are available for purchase from https://www.connectionsforprosperity.co.uk/, and start from just £200 (+VAT).

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