COVID-19 has accelerated the challenges already facing high streets and town centres, and heightened existing needs for economic development and regeneration. Authorities have a critical role to support local businesses and organisations, collaboratively develop new visions for town centres, and ultimately build more resilient local economies and communities. This requires agile, place-based and entrepreneurial approaches that bridge between socio-economic and physical regeneration.
WHO THEY ARE
Regeneration placements combine commercial skills with a high level of social impact. Not only will these placements be responsible for improving local town centres, but the lives and livelihoods of the people in and around it. People who would suit this type of role have had an active role in shaping policy implementation and projects that improve lives and outcomes for residents. They are also very good relationship builders and should be the kind of person who isn’t afraid to ask for something if it will benefit the local community.
WHAT THEY DO
- Developing and delivering growth or recovery strategies, combining economic, social and physical interventions.
- Establishing governance and place management structures, such as town teams, and engaging with them on behalf of Authorities.
- Engaging communities in the co-design of their neighbourhoods.
- Developing town centre action plans or recovery plans to build diversity and resilience in town centres.
- Identifying new regeneration opportunities through engagement with residents, businesses, landowners and developers.
- Preparing briefs and bids to secure funding for new programmes or projects.
- Commissioning and overseeing the delivery of regeneration and public realm projects.
- Building relationships with businesses, cultural organisations and community organisations to establish activation and events programmes.
- Supporting local businesses and organisations through problem-solving, coordination and signposting further aid.
- Helping businesses and town centres return to operation, transition in response to changing conditions, and potentially transform their purpose.
- Establishing affordable workspace, startup programmes and grants.
- Training, employment programmes and skills brokerage in response to changes in the economy.
- Feeding into policy to support economic growth.