International Conference on City Competitiveness
3-4 March 2005
Santa Cruz de Tenerife, Spain
This conference was a unique forum for government leaders, policy makers and practitioners to explore the key issues related to city competitiveness. National and local government representatives, mayors and practitioners had an unprecedented opportunity to discuss the topical issues faced by cities in their efforts to develop the best economic and social conditions to attract skills and investment.
The format for this two-day event consisted of five thematic sessions each introduced by a distinguished expert speaker followed by a panel discussion and one final plenary session.
Key speakers included José Luis Mendez Romeu, Spanish Secretary of State Territorial Organization; Filippo Penati, President of the Milan Province; Mats Hellström, Governor of Stockholm region, Kadir Topbas, Mayor of Istanbul; Marco Romagnoli, Mayor of Prato, Italy; Joorst Van Iersel, European Economic and Social Committee; Shoichi Ando, Ministry of Land, Infrastructure and Transport, Japan; Wim J. Deetman, Mayor of the Hague; Joan Trullén Thomàs Spanish Vice-Minister of Industry; Greg Clark, London Development Agency; Graeme Reid, Johannesburg Development Agency; Carl Hum, New York City; Eero Holstilla, President Helsinki Culminatum.