It aims to be a go-to guide for city managers, government leaders and opinion-formers across the cities sector
Future Cities Catapult has published its second City Innovation Brief, which identifies where money is being invested in UK cities and what future opportunities might look like within the advanced urban services sector.
The Government-backed centre of expertise in urban innovation gathers insights across political, economic, environmental and social domains and aims to be a go-to guide for city managers, government leaders and opinion-formers across the cities sector, as well as a window into customer demand for businesses in the advanced urban services sector.
Highlights from this report covering the second quarter (October–December 2017) include:
“As the Government’s Industrial Strategy white paper rightly acknowledges, ‘place’ is a foundation of economic productivity. Places with the right characteristics, assets and resources allow innovation to proliferate and businesses to grow, yielding prosperous communities,” said Nicola Yates, CEO of Future Cities Catapult.
She adds: “Circumstances are challenging for city administrations in the UK, with significant pressures on public spending and rising demand for certain services. But today, as in the past, the answer to solving the complex and expensive challenges facing our cities and urban areas lies in embracing innovation.
“Just as gaslights tackled Victorian public safety issues and high-tension elevator cables unlocked new heights in which people could live and work, so too today’s urban innovations promise not only to improve the lives of citizens and deliver efficiencies in public administration, but also to create new opportunities for business to exploit and more productive places where everyone can prosper.”
The second issue of Future Cities Catapult’s City Innovation Brief is available at futurecities.catapult.org.uk/resource/city-innovation-brief-q3/
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