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Cities for Citizens

Cities for Citizens

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Cities for citizens
Ambitious and sustainable
 
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
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— 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.
 
The world is urbanizing at an unprecedented rate.By2050, the United Nations predicts that69%of the world’s population will be classed as urban dwellers.Globalization has meant that cities all over the world aremore interconnected than ever before, as capital andpeople move freely between them.Both these trends have increased the competition fortalent and capital between cities worldwide. So today,every city in the world needs to be clear about its valueproposition
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in order to attract people and investment ina highly competitive global marketplace.
2 Value proposition — the balanced combination of costs and benefits in the offering a city makes to people and capital to locatewithin its defined boundaries.
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