Competitive Cities: Succeeding in the Global Economy by Hazel Duffy

By Hazel Duffy

Competitive Citites is an evaluate of how within which `partnership', a be aware a lot utilized by politicians, has helped to form the industrial futures of 4 towns on either side of the Atlantic - Atlanta, Toronto, Birmingham and Rotterdam.

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Indeed, the emphasis has been on enhancement rather than transformation. Many borrowed from the American flagship examples to stimulate private investment. The configuration in the redeveloped Waterstad part of Rotterdam, however, was more public than private, led by the siting of the Maritime Museum and the construction of exciting cube-style housing. But the authorities here were dipping a cautious toe in the waters to test how much the private sector would follow. The new development area on the south bank, initiated by big spending on infrastructure and anchored by government tenants, will draw in a much higher proportion of private finance, or so the Rotterdam authorities hope.

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The basis for this confidence in Atlanta was almost uninterrupted economic growth between the late 1970s and 1990, followed by recession, but already recovering by 1993. Inward investment is one source of growth— over 1,500 companies located in the Atlanta region between 1983 and 1992, 362 of them described by the Chamber of Commerce as ‘international’. When Atlanta’s civic and business leaders go out to sell Atlanta round the world, they can boast that Fortune magazine frequently ranks it in the top ten business cities in the United States.

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