Digital technologies are transforming the lives of citizens in profound ways – how we travel, shop, eat, work, communicate and live. As well as such rapid change, technology also brings significant disruption to lifestyles, occupations and sectors, requiring local government to embrace new strategies to create value and growth within our cities.
Salford is a relatively compact environment of 249,000 residents but it faces similar societal challenges as some of the world’s megacities – such as increased demand for urban mobility and pressure to provide sustainable services, better housing and improved lifestyles and health for its citizens.
But Salford is also a city in transition and is now the fastest growing economy in Greater Manchester.
The vision: To make Salford the most attractive city for digital enterprise and to establish Salford as a leading digital economy AND in doing so, to ensure that innovation and growth is directly connected to outcomes for Salford people.
Jon Corner, Chief Digital Officer
Jon is Salford’s first Chief Digital Officer bringing more than 16 years of experience in technology and digital transformation in both the private and public sector.
His is a unique role which spans a collaborative city vision for inward investment, infrastructure, digital enterprise growth and acceleration, and digital skills development.
Salford’s Digital Strategy is firmly focused on inclusivity and citizen benefit and the CDO will drive a digital and data agenda that prioritises positive social impact including:
- Building networks and relationships between public and private organisations
- To be a lead in pan-Salford infrastructure connectivity for businesses and communities
- Initiating and driving new solutions that inform service delivery and community benefit
- Championing access to Digital Skills at all levels
As CDO for Salford, Jon works in close collaboration with colleagues across Greater Manchester to ensure effective and active integration with the GM Digital Blueprint.
#DigitalSalford is the representative body for key stakeholders in the City of Salford driving the Digital Strategy for the City with a clear alignment to the Local Industrial Strategy and promoting positive social impact for citizens through digital enablement, innovation, inward investment and smart city technology for citizen welfare.
Core members include: Salford Royal Foundation Trust; Salford City Council; MediaCityUK; The Landing; University of Salford; Salford City College.
To make Salford the most attractive city for digital enterprise and to establish Salford as a leading digital economy AND in doing so, to ensure that innovation and growth is directly connected to outcomes for Salford people.Our vision