This is our last post for the fdi leaders blog.
Thanks to everybody who has been involved, whether writing, being interviewed, or reading our posts. We hope our thoughts, opinions and recommendations have been of use.
We will be continuing our work, with our main focus on using technology to deliver local economic development.
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Seasons greetings & the best for 2016!!!
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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For FDI number crunchers and trend trackers we can recommend having a look at fDi magazine’s latest annual report CROSSBORDER INVESTMENT TRENDS 2015.
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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.
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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.
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