The purpose of this paper is to present the background to the development of the World Towns’ Framework, developed in June 2016 at the inaugural World Towns Leadership Summit in Scotland. The paper also provides an academic underpinning to the four pillars of the agreement; a unique sense of identity and place, economy, leadership and citizenship and environment. It ends with a call to action for practitioners, policymakers and organisations providing support to people in places who want to contribute to the development of the Framework and adopt it.
Authors: Ian Davison Porter, (Business Improvement Districts Scotland, Edinburgh, UK)
Diarmaid Lawlor, (Architecture and Design Scotland, Edinburgh, UK)
Neil McInroy, (Centre for Local Economic Strategies, Manchester, UK)
Cathy Parker, (Institute of Place Management, Manchester Metropolitan University, Manchester, UK)
Phil Prentice, (Scotland’s Towns Partnership, Edinburgh, UK)
Leigh Sparks, (Institute for Retail Studies, Stirling Management School, University of Stirling, Stirling, UK)
Gary Warnaby, (Faculty of Business and Law, Manchester Metropolitan University, Manchester, UK)