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Title: The World Towns Framework: A Call to Action
Author(s): Davison Porter, Ian
Lawlor, Diarmaid
McInroy, Neil
Parker, Cathy
Prentice, Phil
Sparks, Leigh
Warnaby, Gary
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Keywords: towns
place identity
local economies
inclusive growth
place leadership
Issue Date: 2017
Citation: Davison Porter I, Lawlor D, McInroy N, Parker C, Prentice P, Sparks L & Warnaby G (2017) The World Towns Framework: A Call to Action. Journal of Place Management and Development, 10 (5), pp. 504-520.
Abstract: In June 2016 Scotland hosted the inaugural World Towns Leadership Summit. This was the first gathering of practitioners and thought leaders on a global scale, focusing on what needs to be done to secure the future of our towns. It agreed on an international framework to achieve this goal. This paper outlines the Summit’s context, reproduces the resulting framework document, and indicates how academic research informs its content. The paper concludes by articulating the next steps in this ongoing process, issuing a “call to action” to individuals and organisations to use and to contribute to the future development of the World Towns Framework (see
DOI Link: 10.1108/JPMD-10-2017-0101
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