Jo delighted with Glasgow ‘City of the Future’ honour

Jo Swinson MP for East Dunbartonshire has welcomed Friday's news that Glasgow beat 30 other cities to be chosen as model city of the future.

The title comes with £24m investment, which is awarded by the Technology Strategy Board, an arm's-length offshoot of the UK Department for Business, Innovation & Skills.

The cash will fully fund the Future Cities Demonstrator, a pathfinder project that brings together public and private sector innovation to exploit leading-edge technologies in ways that can significantly improve urban living.

Glasgow's successful proposal involves programmes on transport and mobility, energy efficiency, healthy living and safer streets. The hope is that it will trial technological solutions that other cities will then adopt.

Commenting Jo said:

"This is a great step opportunity for Glasgow to build a better future for its local residents.

"I'm sure there will be technological solutions that we in East Dunbartonshire will be able to adopt."

Announcing the investment during a visit to Glasgow, Minister for Universities and Science David Willetts said:

"With more people than ever before living in our cities, they need to be able to provide people with a better quality of life and a thriving economy. This £24 million investment will make Glasgow a city of tomorrow, demonstrating how cities can work more efficiently with a reduced environmental impact.

"We are in a global race and Glasgow can keep the UK at the forefront of innovative technology ideas. From transport systems to energy use and health, this demonstrator will play a key part in the government's industrial strategy and give real insight into how our cities can be shaped in the future."

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