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Generation Manchester

What does the future of Manchester look like for the next generation?

Generation Alpha, born in the early 2010s are the latest generation, with Generation Beta due to follow from 2025 to 2039; a key time period where many of Manchester’s long-term ambitions will come to the forefront and bear fruit.

The innovations that Manchester therefore develops and puts in place now, will determine how successfully we meet our future goals to create a fairer and greener society, with clean, smart growth at its core.

The theme aims to probe with the following questions:

  • Can the innovation of today create a sustainable, and inclusive society for the next generation?
  • Are built environment, green, innovation and growth heading in the right direction?
  • Are we developing and nurturing the talent and skills of the future.
  • Are we meeting carbon neutral targets while creating a city-region fit for tomorrow?
  • Are we creating a society whose values revolve around equality, health and wellbeing?

The theme is underpinned by the four golden threads below.

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Through collaboration between leading business, scientific, academic, local government leaders and national government, Greater Manchester has ambitions to be a leader of the fourth industrial revolution, known for its strong innovation ecosystem. Innovation Greater Manchester will create clusters of innovation-led businesses and networks, centred on frontier sectors and supported by world-leading academics to fuel productivity, growth and prosperity across the North. IGM will help to create high-quality jobs, a skills and talent pipeline, more productive companies and expand access to finance and investment in frontier sectors across Greater Manchester.

Greater Manchester has a science-based target to become carbon neutral by 2038. With an ambition to become a leader in green innovation, Greater Manchester hopes to position itself at the forefront of climate action, creating a blueprint for a better connected, green and accessible cityregion. Investment in low-carbon transport, clean energy, new green spaces and green innovation, as well as community-based sustainable developments, is setting Greater Manchester apart. A collaborative approach to building netzero futures between communities, innovators, local authorities, and businesses can secure economic prosperity and boost living standards for all while creating a sustainable city-region of the future.

Greater Manchester believes everyone should have the chance to reach their full potential which means addressing inequalities across the city region and improving the well-being of all our residents – ensuring no one is left behind. Future developments must be inclusive and designed with our people in mind. Greater Manchester is already investing in community-based placemaking to make new communal spaces to improve well-being and lifestyles, improving public transport infrastructure to connect residents to better jobs, investing in innovation outside of the city centre to support businesses and individuals and committing to affordable mhousing across the city-region. This commitment to equality can create better futures for all residents and create a fairer, greener and more prosperous city-region.

Greater Manchester has identified six growth locations which present opportunities to bring forward development, drive growth and encourage transformational change. These growth locations will provide the foundations for levelling up across the city-region, with benefits for all residents including new jobs, better quality homes and improved transport links. The growth locations will see investment in innovation, R&D and low-carbon technologies while working with education providers to create skills and talent pipelines that benefit businesses and lead to high quality jobs for local people. Using a place-based approach, each growth location will use its sector strengths to individually contribute to the GM economy, while complementing each other to create a larger innovation ecosystem for the North West.