Ipswich conference gets 'smart'
Published Tuesday 11th September 2012
Business and civic leaders were getting together today to discuss Ipswich’s bid to become a “smart city”.
Following a bid by the Borough Council, the town is one of 30 shortlisted by the Technology Strategy Board to apply (by mid November) for a £24 million Future Cities jackpot.
Speakers from the Borough Council, University Campus Suffolk, Ipswich Central and BT Adastral Park will talk to delegates at the second Beacon Ipswich Conference at the Corn Exchange about how important it is for the town to develop integrated infrastructure to meet the challenges of a growing population, traffic congestion and pressure on local services.
Former M&S chief Sir Stuart Rose will also address the conference and use his retail and business experience to outline ways in which the town centre can develop successfully.
Ipswich Borough Council Leader David Ellesmere said: "The conference will bring together nearly 200 people from many fields in commerce, local and national government and the education sector. It aims to address two very important issues and we look forward to finding solutions to the challenges we all face. Ipswich is doing well to withstand the serious economic climate but we need to do more if we are to expand our retail and commercial offer. We also want to use people's expertise to help our bid to become a smart city winner."
The conference is in the Grand Hall of the Corn Exchange from 2pm to 4.15pm. The Press is invited to attend - please email firstname.lastname@example.org.