The state of the City - Bristol 2013: the Mayor’s annual address and debate

In association with the Bristol Festival of Ideas George Ferguson

This event took place on Monday 18 November 2013

The panellists were; Alexandra Jones, Chief Executive, Centre for Cities; Alex Marsh, Professor of Public Policy and Head of the School for Policy Studies, University of Bristol; and Tony Travers, director of LSE London.

Alexandra jones Alex Marsh Tony Traver

The first of an annual series in which Bristol City Mayor George Ferguson looked back on an historic first year in office for the only independent elected mayor of an English core city. He commented on the state of Bristol’s economy and prospects for the future. The Mayor presented a picture of Bristol, describing a city where vibrant places and passionate people contribute to a resilient local economy that is about so much more than purely fiscal matters. Reflecting on the many and varied conversations the Mayor has had with people right across the city over the past 12 months, he launched his vision for Bristol, ‘The best city in England’. Following the lecture an expert panel responded and debated with the mayor, including questions from the audience.