A note on methodology — about the question sets
We devised two closely aligned survey question sets on thedeveloping agenda for city leaders around the world:One for the city mayor, or a chief executive
(35 interviews) — the person with the vision to build a brighterfutureOne for their strategy director or ﬁnance director (37
interviews) — the person who will oversee the planning andexecution from an operational and ﬁnancial perspectiveWe approached participants from a wide range and diverse set ofcities around the world, in order to capture and gauge their viewsabout their cities, their ambitions for them and their developingagenda as they collectively pursue the principal aim of economicgrowth.
What we aim to achieve
It was our intention that the results of the survey will provide cityleaders everywhere with the knowledge and insights required toinﬂuence the developing city agenda — supported by comparisonsand benchmarks, as well as trends, analysis and key developmentsas we see them emerging. We hope that the ﬁndings will help civicleaders in their efforts to create exceptional cities that combinea robust infrastructure and respond to the need to develop lowcarbon urban environments.
About the cities in our survey sample
The population size of the city or urban areas surveyed varied from300,000 to 8.8 million
— and the average was 2,756,200.The employment base within our sample of cities ranged from150,000 to 4.5 million, with the average being 1,380,200.Migration into the city from outside on a daily basis for work variedfrom 50,000 to 1.26 million, with an average of 426,000.The budgets available to city leaders to run these cities rangedfrom US$33.5 million to US$40.425 billion, with the average beingaround US$4.768 billion.This study was carried out by Ernst & Young, under the direction ofChris Staerck and Gemma Williams. Interviews were concluded inMarch 2011. Since then there may have been elections in some ofthe cities we surveyed, and the ofﬁcials elected to speciﬁc ofﬁcesmay have changed.
1 Some cities were quite speciﬁc about not including the population of the widermetropolis they served.