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Simon is Head of Economic Growth at City of York Council, and has a wide-ranging background in economic policy, community economic development, social enterprise, heritage and local government. York is currently pushing ahead on smart city infrastructure at scale, delivering the UK's first true gigabit city, beginning to use sensor data to manage its transport data, and adapting its ancient city centre for the 21st century. York was recognised earlier this year as the UK's Best City to Live In, with the Sunday Times describing the city as having "the perfect blend of heritage and high tech