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John Betty
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Press Release - 29 September 2006

Free lecture: how Bath's universities underpin the city's regeneration

Local people can hear about the role of Bath’s two universities in building a prosperous and sustainable future for the city, in a free public lecture to be held at the University of Bath on Wednesday 4 October.

The contribution of the universities and the education sector to the regeneration of the city is set out in Bath & North East Somerset Council’s recently produced vision called Future for Bath, which redefines the city’s identity as a World Heritage Site.

The vision seeks to reinvigorate the local economy and guide the redevelopment of the city for the future wellbeing of people who live and work in Bath, and its visitors.

In the lecture, ‘Town and gown – the opportunities’, John Betty, Director of Development and Major Projects at B&NES, with responsibility for the vision, and Rhodri Samuel, Regeneration Manager, will talk about the regeneration of Bath and explain how the universities can contribute to elements of the regeneration of the city by maximising the opportunities provided by the education sector.

Mr Betty said: “The talk will set out strategies for basing economic growth on the potential for the development of new environment-based technologies, the opportunities for the incubation of new business and opportunities of lifestyle working in Bath.

“Combined with this is the development of new businesses based upon capturing the intellectual capital within the city and the role of education as a key driver in the vision.”

Mr Betty’s project responsibilities in Bath include the completion of the Spa Project, the stabilisation of Combe Down stone mines and the regeneration of Bath Western Riverside.

Admission for the lecture is free and people can just turn up on the evening. Free parking is available in the West Car Park. The lecture runs from 5.15pm until 6.15pm in the lecture hall 8 West 1.1 on the Claverton campus.

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