BelFastForward conference welcomes global city regeneration experts on February 27th

  • Belfast's business community will hear about successful regeneration efforts in Vienna and New York in the BelFastForward conference later this month.

    There are just two weeks to go until the BelFastForward conference organised by Belfast Chamber of Trade & Commerce, where Belfast's business community will discuss the the city's current phase of rapid growth and regeneration. The conference is due to take place on February 27th at the Assembly Buildings Conference Centre and will feature international keynote speakers in addition to local speakers from industry.

    Attendees will hear from keynote speaker Maria Vassilakou, the first Green Party Vice Mayor of Vienna and City Councillor for urban development, traffic, climate protection, energy planning and citizen participation. She will discuss the challenges of sustainable urban development planning and the policies that has seen Vienna shoot rapidly up the global rankings for quality of life.

    Second keynote speaker Vishaan Chakrabarti will bring his experience as director of the New York Department of City Planning, sharing details of major infrastructure regneration projects in the city such as rebuilding the East River Waterfront and the rezoning of Hudson Yards.

    The event's afternoon keynote will be delivered by Robert Walsh, who worked with Mayor Michael Bloomberg as Commissioner of New York’s Department of Small Business Services. He'll delve into some of the concrete steps New York's business community took to transform its economy and improve quality of life in the city.

    These talks will be followed by panels from local companies from across the business and tech spectrum, including FinTrU, Danske Bank, NOW, and Ulster University. It's hoped that the event will help the local business development community learn from the successful examples of Vienna and New York as Belfast continues in its current period of rapid redevelopment and regeneration.

    Belfast Chamber of Trade & Commerce CEO Simon Hamilton commented on the conference: "The conference will celebrate all that is good in Belfast but will also challenge delegates to find better ways of working together. Our speakers bring experience of what has worked and what has failed in other cities and we are looking forward to learning from their expertise."

    Source: Written based on press release

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