The Scottish Cities Alliance is the collaboration of Scotland’s seven cities and the Scottish Government. It is strategically facilitated by the Scottish Council for Development and Industry (SCDI). It aims to attract external investment, stimulate economic activity and most importantly, create new jobs and business opportunities.
Scotland’s seven cities are:
The Leadership Group brings together the Scottish Government’s Minister for Infrastructure, Investment and Cities and the Leaders and Chief Executives of the seven cities. The Leadership Group approves the priorities for the Alliance and provides strategic direction for the work programme of the Delivery Group.
The Delivery Group comprises senior economic development officers from each of the Seven Cities and the Scottish Government. It oversees the delivery of the Alliance work programme working in partnership with national agencies and engaging with academia and the private sector.
The Scottish Cities Alliance was formed as part of the Agenda for Cities launched by the then Deputy First Minister Nicola Sturgeon and Scotland’s Cities in December 2011. Since then the Leadership Group have approved a Strategic Implementation Plan setting the strategic focus of the Alliance and an Operational Plan for how this will be delivered.
The Operational Plan focuses the Alliance’s programme of work around 3 key programmes – Infrastructure, Low Carbon and Smart Cities. The three programmes complement each other and deliver economic growth with infrastructure as the central narrative.