WLGA economic development spokesman Derek Vaughan said:
Economic development and transport minister Andrew Davies will discuss the continuing challenges facing local authorities during 2005 to regenerate areas and communities in Wales. Overall the event, which is being held at Cardiff University, will explore the future direction of regeneration in Wales and local authorities' contributions to the programme. Other speakers include:
-Kevin Morgan, Cardiff University Regeneration Institute
-Joanna Weston, performance team manager, Audit Commission for Wales
-Bob Croydon, Kings Sturge
-Chris Johnes, Communities First Support Network
Mr Vaughan added:
'The aim of this event is to examine how effectively local authorities are regenerating their areas, and showcase the best local projects. I hope the summit will send a strong message that local authorities are prepared to work together over the coming years to improve their performance'.
Following the summit, which is sponsored by the Cardiff University Regeneration Institute, there will be by a number of study visits to regeneration projects in urban, industrial and rural South Wales.