Line-up announced for DIB’s second annual property, planning, and regeneration conference

Downtown in Business has announced the running order for the second annual Talking ‘Bout Regeneration conference taking place on Thursday 15th September 2022. #TBR22 will feature over twenty leading business and political personalities speaking across seven sessions and give you the opportunity to network and connect with over 150 business leaders throughout the day.
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Downtown in Business has announced the running order for the second annual Talking ‘Bout Regeneration conference taking place on Thursday 15th September 2022 at The Grand Hotel, Birmingham.

#TBR22 will feature over twenty leading business and political personalities speaking across seven sessions and give you the opportunity to network and connect with over 150 business leaders throughout the day.

The event will start with registrations and networking at 7:50am followed by a welcome address from DIB chief executive, Frank McKenna at 8:50am.

The first session of the day “Threats & Opportunities” will begin at 9:00am will focus on the big economic growth opportunities in the West Midlands, the North of England, and London – and also the threats that may challenge progress.

Session two, “Leading Levelling Up” taking place at 9:45am discusses the much talked about ‘Levelling Up’ and asks what does it mean? Insights from local authority leaders and policy makers explaining what they are doing to deliver change and improvement in the communities where they work.

Session three starting at 11:15am explores how successful regeneration of our cities and towns have been driven by strong private-public sector collaboration. “Building Effective Partnerships” will hear from property leaders who have delivered award winning projects alongside public sector agencies.

The fourth session taking place at 12:15pm will feature a Frank conversation with “Trevor Steven”. The former professional footballer who played in two World Cup final tournaments for England in 1986 and 1990 and won various trophies at a number of football clubs through his career.

Trevor is now the mental health ambassador for Causeway Technologies, and he is leading a campaign to tackle the appalling suicide rates within the construction industry. In this conversation with Frank McKenna, Trevor will discuss his sporting experiences, and why mental health matters to him – and should matter to you.

After a break for lunch the conference will resume with session five “Legacy” at 1:45pm. What genuine economic benefits do places gain from hosting major events? We hear from leaders who have been involved in organising huge occasions – and how they think it has helped the placemaking agenda in their cities.

Session six, will revisit the ‘levelling up’ discussion with “Leading Levelling Up #2” taking place at 2:45pm. The Northeast, the West Midlands, and the Northwest are all mentioned by Westminster politicians when they talk about ‘Levelling Up’. What difference has the ’Levelling Up’ approach made in those regions – and what strategies have been devised by local leaders to deliver a more prosperous future for their communities?

The conference will close with a keynote discussion with details on this being announced shortly. A dinner will take place later in the evening to allow delegate further opportunities to network and connect with fellow attendees.

If you would like further information on Talking ‘Bout Regeneration 22, please contact mili.dacosta@downtowninbusiness.com.

You can purchase tickets HERE.

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