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'Future of Towns' Summit taking place in Sligo

An all-island summit with the main aim of helping resource our towns and villages to regenerate and grow is set to take place on 18th October 2017 in Sligo.

The “Future of Towns Summit 2017” brings together thought leaders in town regeneration, government departments, local authorities, tourism, business associations and community groups from right across the island of Ireland.

With the uncertainty surrounding BREXIT, for consumers and retailers, now is the time that towns and villages will get together and work together to bring positive change to communities around Ireland.

The new Framework for Town Centre Renewal developed by the Retail Consultation Forum will feature prominently at the summit, together with information on the concept of Town and Village Health Checks, the impact of digital transformations on town centres, successful retail and business attraction strategies, as well as the importance of a thriving night time economy and concepts for the reutilisation of vacant space. Case studies of successful town renewal projects will round off the conference.

The summit, which will be hosted by Bobby Kerr, includes a line-up of blue-chip speakers, including; Tara Buckley (RG Data), Danny McCoy (IBEC), David Fitzsimons (Retail Excellence Ireland), Gail McGibbon (Sligo BID), Catherine Curran (Department of Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation), Stephen Purcell (Future Analytics), David MacNulty (Tourism Development International), David Minton (Northern & Western Regional Assembly) and Kevin Traynor (Coach Tourism and Transport Council).

Commenting on the event, Conor Bofin, Summit Organiser and Director of Town Matter Ltd., said; "The Future of Towns Summit is a must attend event for anybody with an interest in town centre regeneration and rural economy development. A list of high quality speakers includes experts in town regeneration, night time economy development and place-making.

"There will be case studies showcasing success stories and also practical advice on Town and Village Health Checks and digital transformation. Attendees will include government departments, local authorities, tourism, business associations and community groups from across the island of Ireland."

Speaking about the summit, Bobby Kerr said; “The economic and social future of Irish Towns is a subject that I am very passionate about.  I am delighted to be the Facilitator for The Future of Towns Summit and look forward to moderating and discussing the strategies to deal with the challenges and, crucially opportunities for towns all over Ireland in Sligo on October 18th.”

The summit will also highlight the importance of the co-operation between city and county councils, the local business community, residents, landlords and other stakeholders to achieve demonstrable improvements in town and village centre locations.

The event, which is being led by Alchemy Events Ltd. and Town Matters Ltd., takes place in the Radisson Blu Hotel Sligo, on Wednesday 18th October 2017. For further information or to purchase tickets, please visit www.thefutureoftowns.ie  - discounted rates are available for City and County Councils, Town Teams, Chambers of Commerce and BID company members.