Fantastic to see so many passionate place branders at the first City Nation Place Annual Forum in London last week. This is an industry that is growing in confidence and quickly maturing. We are looking forward to seeing what creative and imaginative ideas and initiatives come out of these practitioners in the coming years.
It was good to learn more about the activities and plans of Paisley First the new Business Improvement District seeking to help regenerate the town centre. Paisley has had its ups and downs, but the Scottish town has many advantages, including a rich culture and heritage, with the Paisley Pattern just one of many interesting elements of its story. Paisley is bidding to be UK City of Culture in 2021. It gets our vote.
For those interested in hearing about the latest inward investment trends and location preferences of international companies, fDI Forum 2015 is taking place in London on Thursday 24 September.
A recent report by the Urban Land Institute has been looking at density and the urban future. It points to the positive benefits of high density living, which is good news for those promoting big urban areas.
For city leaders and policymakers, it is worth having a look at CITIE – City Initiatives for Technology, Innovation and Entrepreneurship. A useful overview on how 40 cities around the world are supporting innovation and entrepreneurship.
For FDI number crunchers and trend trackers we can recommend having a look at fDi magazine’s latest annual report CROSSBORDER INVESTMENT TRENDS 2015.
For those that are interested in the mechanics of the place branding process, Malcolm at Placematters has set out how our team (Colliers International, Fuzion Design and PR, Placematters and Location Connections) helped Cork develop its place brand.
Cities continually amaze, and are chock full of interesting stories. For those that want to keep in the know, you can check out the latest at City Metric.
The publishing and use of open data is an area of relevance to inward investment. Open data brings the potential to improve the way businesses learn about locations and decide where they should be investing. It provides a great opportunity for locations to tell very accurate, up-to-date and detailed stories about themselves to potential investors. The Open Data Barometer provides global rankings on how countries are performing in using open data. Of the 86 countries examined, the UK ranks number one in the world followed by the US and Sweden. Openness in data reflects positively on openness for business.
The United States is the world’s number one FDI location, and particularly for tech companies it is an important market to consider. So for those looking at the US market, it is worth considering a visit to the 2015 SelectUSA Investment Summit in Washington, DC on March 23-24 to connect with a whole host of investment promotion agencies from cities, states and regions across the country as well as senior U.S. Government officials.