8.00 a.m. and a meeting at Government Office North West which I'm attending as Chair of the Regional Housing Group. The meeting is chaired by Deborah McLaughlin, currently Director of Housing in Manchester, but here acting as Regional Director of the Homes and Communities Agency, a role she formally takes up on December 1st, and the purpose is to see what we can do in the field of housing to address our current economic woes.
Apart from the immediate impact on the building industry, if we don't get house building going again we are going to rapidly end up with an even bigger housing shortage because all though houses aren't being sold in anything like the numbers or at anything like the prices they were a year ago, there is still demand out there.
Then it's off to London to speak at a major Civil Engineering conference - definitely a theme to the day so far - accompanied of course by a case load of papers to read. Back to the Town Hall this evening for the NOISE ' Creative Futures Manchester ' portfolio event. Suspect I've lost everybody now including myself. It's a showcase event giving young talent the opportunity to present their portfolios to leading industry professionals as part of the 'Dream Jobs' project. I know I've said it many times but our city's future lies in knowledge, creativity, and innovation and I'm more than happy to be supporting www.NOISEfestival.com in this two day event which gives a unique opportunity for talented young people with the get-up-and-go to use that talent.