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Transforming economic performance - the wider benefits of NGA - Dr. Peter Cromar - Chief Executive, Walsall Regeneration Company - CBN NextGen Roadshow Birmingham - 22 April 2009

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Peter Cromar - Birmingham

  1. 1. Next Generation Roadshow Birmingham 22nd April 2009 Transforming Economic Performance – The wider benefits of NGA Dr Peter Cromar Walsall Regeneration Company Copyright Walsall Regeneration Company 2009
  2. 2. NGA - missing the opportunity • International take up • Pace and volume of change • Lack of buy in by UK plc • Establish ‘Regeneration Pilots’ Copyright Walsall Regeneration Company 2009
  3. 3. Response to the Carter Report • Avoid complacency • Benchmark against Far East & Europe • Focus needs to be on economy, regeneration and societal benefits, not ICT • NGAB as an investment in infrastructure • Contribution to wider sustainability agenda Copyright Walsall Regeneration Company 2009
  4. 4. Convincing government and business • Key communications infrastructure for success • Future proofing new developments • Aggregating public sector demand • Digital and Creative Industries • Digital Divide & Digital Inclusion • Improve IT awareness for SMEs Copyright Walsall Regeneration Company 2009
  5. 5. Setting the agenda • Tomorrow’s business needs • Focus on Skills, Enterprise and Business • Think about new markets • Expand existing markets Copyright Walsall Regeneration Company 2009
  6. 6. Walsall – a Town for Enterprise • Education • Entertainment • Health • Housing • Commercial Copyright Walsall Regeneration Company 2009
  7. 7. Walsall Gigaport – moving forward • Outline Planning Permission in place • Revised Outline Funding Application to AWM • Next Generation Access Broadband • Data Centre • Developers • Investment Prospectus • Finance, Health, Digital Media Copyright Walsall Regeneration Company 2009
  8. 8. Hitting the Sustainable Communities Agenda • Regeneration of underperforming urban centres and neighbourhoods • Sustain strong and stable existing communities • Promote social cohesion • Use public sector assets more effectively • Community Empowerment Copyright Walsall Regeneration Company 2009
  9. 9. Bridging the Digital Divide • Potential of fibre optics • Skills and enterprise development • Better and more responsive health services • Community and social cohesion • Learn from Onsnet Copyright Walsall Regeneration Company 2009
  10. 10. Conclusions • Engage locally from the outset • Focus on delivery not strategy • Build on local strengths • Investment not funding • Think global, act local Copyright Walsall Regeneration Company 2009

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