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One City, One Vision: People central to the economy in newly-released ambitious strategy for the future of Inverness


By Scott Maclennan

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Inverness is well on the way to gigabit connectivity which can be appealing for businesses.
Inverness is well on the way to gigabit connectivity which can be appealing for businesses.

Inverness 2035 calls for a "shared commitment" to a welcoming, successful, green, sustainable city that will see locals placed at the core of all public policy decisions with clear markers for success.

The desire for "Success Where it Matters" considers what can be done to sustain and improve the local economy while ensuring the "physical and mental wellbeing of the city’s people will be at the core of all public policy decisions".

The proposals call for: "A collaborative policy approach between public organisations, commerce and communities, putting the people who live, work and study here at the centre of all development planning.

"This blend of the public sector, private and community support, along with strategic infrastructure and development plans, means Inverness will be a city that knows where it is going."

Part of connecting people with policies, institutions and businesses they interact with will see the city connect businesses to trading partners, workers to jobs and people to places.

Inverness is well on the way to gigabit connectivity with internet speeds of 1000Mbps – around 160 times faster than the Highland average – across the city making it an attractive place to do business.

Its future will also rest heavily on science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM), so the city will earn a reputation as a "STEM centre of expertise, providing well-paid jobs for young people and the research facilities at UHI (Univerity of the Highlands and Islands) will be considered world class."

Read the full report here.

One City, One Vision: Inverness Courier willing to play its part


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