Presentation to Rotary Club of Otter Valley 'Exeter - Challenges & Opportunities' 19.03.13

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  • Presentation to Rotary Club of Otter Valley 'Exeter - Challenges & Opportunities' 19.03.13

    1. 1. John Harvey City Centre Manager ‘Exeter – Challenges & Opportunities’Presentation to Rotary Club of Otter Valley
    2. 2. Current Position Last decade – period of major change, renewal & investment… Record of investment second to none within the regional context… Low vacancy rates… But no basis for complacency going forward… The most significant squeeze on public finances in decades… Re-gearing of the relationship between business and public authorities…
    3. 3. New City Centre Strategy Mapping out a bright future... A strong platform on which to build… Document will represent a starting point for discussion/dialogue/debate – wide-ranging consultation exercise to be delivered… Timetable… No ‘absolutes’ at the start of the process… Strategy will be owned by the City Centre Management Partnership, with widespread buy-in essential…
    4. 4. Some Key Issues (1)… First impressions… Moving-on from a focus on the daytime and retail economy… ‘Extending the day’… Connecting ‘day’ & ‘evening’ economies… ‘Safe City’… Welcoming to all… …at all hours Positioning to meet the challenges of e- commerce & mobile technology…
    5. 5. Some Key Issues (2)… Maintaining the momentum of change, renewal & investment… Maintaining competitive advantage… Role for business… Being honest about our weaknesses & threats…
    6. 6. Issues as we look to map out the future… Engaging a wide range of groups Ideas… Imagination… What’s the perspective of our visitors… …our shoppers …our workers and colleagues What sort of City Centre do we want? There’s no problem with work streams that are ‘uncomfortable’ & challenging…
    7. 7. John Harvey Contacts:e-mail – john.harvey@exeter.gov.ukMobile – 07795 438 297Twitter – www.twitter.com/exeterccm

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