This network is a high level working group of economic development practitioners aiming at raising awareness on the role of cities in the current situation and on their role in building part of the new economic system. A selection of top cities, development agencies and stakeholders share data and facts about the current situation especially focused on employment, skills, entrepreneurship, business competitiveness and the openness of the local economies.
Barcelona and the OECD LEED Programme are taking forward a work programme on “Recession, Recovery, and Reinvestment: The role of Local Economic Leadership” which over the next year will convene a series of meetings and activities to ensure that local economic development can respond effectively to the global crisis. The aim of this programme is to launch a longer term initiative and prepare a statement about the role of cities in the global crisis.
A first meeting of this programme took place on 3-4 March 2009 in Barcelona with the participation of selected local development practitioners with high responsabilities, ambitious visions and leading large projects. At this occasion, the OECD report on "Promoting entrepreneurship, employment and business competitiveness: The experience of Barcelona" was presented by the OECD expert team. This first meeting was organised by Barcelona Activa, the Work Foundation and the OECD LEED Programme. The UK and Spanish national governments also endorsed this initiative and will be involved throughout this process.
The next event of this programme will address the topic of "Local Responses to a Global Crisis: International Strategies for Recovery". It will take place in London on 2nd July 2009. This conference is organised by the Work Foundation in partnership with the OECD LEED Programme. Places are limited. To reserve your place please email Sarah Barnett.
For more information, please contact Ms. Debra Mountford from the OECD Secretariat.