What’s next for the Competitive Cities initiative: ‘To travel far, let’s travel together’
December 29, 2015 Editor 0
“I wish that I had had this [report] when I started. . . . It has some great things that we found out over a long period time – in many cases, through trial and error. And so, when I read it, I said, ‘Wow, we are doing these things, but it did take us awhile to buy into these things.’ It is going to be very informative to cities around the worlld.”
– Tracey A. Nichols, Director of Economic Development, City of Cleveland
The World Bank Group launched the Competitive Cities report on December 10 – “Competitive Cities for Jobs and Growth: What, Who and How,” which represents almost two years of research and analysis to put together a reliable, comprehensive and unified body of work. It is aimed primarily to help cities formulate and implement economic development strategies, and it is intended to be used by city leaders themselves.
The report was launched jointly by the senior directors of two Global Practices at the Bank Group: the Trade and Competitiveness and the Social, Urban, Rural and Resilience practices. The roundtable discussion included academics, policymakers, senior World Bank advisors, and representatives from the private sector. The Bank Group’s stately Old Board Room was filled to overflowing, and the audience was particularly appreciative of the video animation summarizing the central ideas within the Competitive Cities report. The twitter feed associated with the event (#competitivecities) was inundated with live tweets. Supportive analyses in the news media – for instance, in the Huffington Post by Marcelo Giugale and at CityLab by Richard Florida – focused supportive news coverage on the event.
The launch of the report is much more than a flash in the pan. The report itself is only the start: What follows is the rollout, the active dissemination to regional task teams and city leaders, and the setting-in-motion of the findings of the report, which focuses on sub-national growth and job creation. These are some of the events we have planned:
- Events in the various World Bank Group regions, to share the general framework and also to customize the findings of relevance to each specific region. So far, we are considering events in Singapore, Sydney, Dar Es Salaam and potentially cities in the Middle East, North and West Africa, and in the Caribbean. If your city is interested in hosting a regional event, we would be pleased to hear from you.
- A three-day interactive executive training course on competitive cities, which is aimed at city mayors and economic development advisors to cities.
- An operational guide to help configure competitive cities into World Bank lending projects and advisory services, including deep dives for regional and country task teams. Let us know if you’re particularly interested in hosting such a training session in your region.
- Not Just ‘Women’s Issues’: Including Women in the Growth Agenda
- A Great Success: World Bank has a 70% failure rate with ICT4D projects to increase universal access
- Pandor to open high-tech nanotechnology facility at Rhodes
- Foresight Africa: Top Priorities for the Continent in 2014
- Water Experts for the World
- Information Technology’s Dangerous Trend in Africa
Categories: World Bank PSD
Subscribe to our stories
- SL Crowd Green Solutions September 21, 2020
- Digital transformation in the banking sector: surveys exploration and analytics August 3, 2020
- Why Let Others Disrupt You? Take the Smart Self-Disruption Journey! August 3, 2020
- 5 Tips for Crowdfunding During the Pandemic August 3, 2020
- innovation + africa; +639 new citations August 3, 2020