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20 May 2024

Smart Towns Cymru Takes High Street Regeneration on the Road

A pioneering project which uses cutting-edge technology to help shape town centre regeneration has set off on a roadshow.

Smart Towns Cymru will host a series of events across Wales designed to connect with businesses and local authorities.

The Trefi Smart Towns Cymru project, funded by Welsh Government, promotes the use of technology and data to rejuvenate high streets and encourage data driven decision making.

More than 100 people took part in the project’s inaugural conference, held at Ty Pawb in Wrexham earlier this year.

Now the programme – delivered by Anglesey and Porthmadog-based Menter Mon – is visiting various locations to bring together key high street decision makers with retailers and relevant parties to help breathe life into local economies across the country.

Project Manager Kiki Rees-Stavros said:

“We are encouraging businesses to attend and engage with their local authorities and town and community councils to look at ways to move forward together, to discuss what issues they are facing and how they can work in partnership to resolve them.

“This is a great platform to bring organisations together under one roof and share best practice in an informal setting, and to learn how other areas have benefited from the incredible technology and innovative practices that have had a positive impact on other towns and villages.

“I hope people will capitalise on this opportunity especially following the success of our first ever conference in Wrexham, where we signed up 19 new Smart Ambassadors and had representatives from 19 of the 22 local authorities in Wales.

“Together we will continue to explore and develop sustainable solutions that will benefit businesses, help increase footfall and shine a light on trends in our town centres, which in turn will influence decision making in the future.”

The events will offer an introduction into what Smart Towns is as well insights into the areas which have already adopted the technology, and discussions around how sensors can help town and city centres.

The roadshow is set to visit:

  • Brecon – June 4,
  • Newtown – June 5,
  • Anglesey – July 5,
  • Flintshire July 10.

To book on one of the upcoming events, visit Eventbrite: Trefi SMART Towns Cymru Events – 7 Upcoming Activities and Tickets | Eventbrite

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