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City CEOs – How can Metro Mayors help cities do business?

22nd June 


As global ambassadors for their cities, indispensable brokers between local and national government, public and private sectors, metro mayors around the world are the only figures with the mandate and visibility to drive decisions to benefit their entire city-region. Their unique position allows them to play an important role in attracting investment, unblocking bureaucratic conflict and logjams and overcoming NIMBYism in their cities.

In May next year, some of the UK’s largest urban areas  - Greater Manchester, Liverpool City Region, the West Midlands, Sheffield City Region and the Tees Valley with more set to sign up soon - will join London in electing their own, powerful, Metro Mayor. To prepare for this change, Centre for Cities is convening a programme of high-profile city and business leaders, as well as prominent urban thinkers to set out their visions for realising the full potential of urban Britain. Alexandra Jones, chief executive of Centre for Cities, will lead a conversation with  Mayor of Liverpool Joe Anderson, Ian Stuart Head of Commercial Banking
HSBC UK & Europe and Michael Parkinson Executive Director, Heseltine Institute for Public Policy and Practice. Join the audience to find out more about how these firms and mayors hope to grasp the opportunities of these new mayoralties to help their cities prosper in the 21st century. 

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Their visions for your future: Labour’s metro mayor candidates debate their ambitions for Liverpool City Region

With the race to become Liverpool City Region’s first elected Mayor hotting up, competition is hottest within the Labour Party.

Given Labour’s dominance in the region, the party’s nominee will be odds on favourite to win the Metro Mayor election, due to take place in May 2017.

In a special debate hosted by IFB2016, Mayor of Liverpool Joe Anderson, Walton MP Steve Rotheram and Wavertree MP Luciana Berger will share their visions for the future of Liverpool City Region.

The debate will take place on IFB2016’s centrepiece Blue Skies Stage at 3.45-4.45pm on Wednesday, June 22. Festival delegates and members of the public can attend free of charge, register interest on Eventbrite.

Chaired by BusinessCloud magazine editor and award-winning journalist Chris Maguire, this is the first time all three Labour candidates will share a stage to discuss the race to become Metro Mayor and after they have outlined their own visions, they will answer questions from the audience and debate their respective policies.

The creation of elected mayors is part of Chancellor George Osborne’s devolution agreements and Liverpool City Region’s winner will oversee a £900m investment fund.

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