Play your part in helping how York presents itself to the world and shape York’s future

Organisations from across the city have come together to better understand and promote what makes York ‘York’. With funding secured from the Leeds City Region business rates pilot; residents, businesses and visitors are being asked to work together to help the city attract new investors to York, improve residents earning power and ensure residents are better able to enjoy what the city has to offer.

Through the TalkYork consultation, feedback from residents, community groups, local businesses and many more will be used to promote York in a new light, which in turn, will be used to attract better paid jobs, secure inward investment and continue to grow the local economy.

Jane Hustwit, Chair, York CVS says:

“Top ranking cities constantly change, expand, develop. York is no exception. Over £500m is being invested in York. This includes building York Central, redeveloping the Railway Museum, renovating the Guildhall, remodelling York Station front, building the community Stadium, Scarborough Bridge and Castle Gateway. There’s also work on transport infrastructure and building more affordable homes. This is the largest investment for generations and, arguably, this project will prompt the biggest conversation about York for 50 years.

Importantly this offers us all a rare opportunity to influence how York is presented and discussed – regionally, nationally, world wide. To make the most of these investments, and to compete successfully for further investment, we should talk about what this city means to us. The professionals working on this believe we need to tell a story of York that is ambitious, consistent and anchored by a shared set of values which reflect the innovative and pioneering science, culture and creative industries, creating more jobs and as a result, strengthening the city’s economy.

For this to work however, we have to tell a story about York that is honest and that feels real, one that those of us who already live or work in York are happy to share. That means that all sorts of residents and communities as well as the diverse VCSE organisations working with the most disadvantaged or distant communities have to be involved in creating this story, sharing experiences, ideas and opinions.”


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