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OECD Territorial Reviews: Competitive Cities in the Global Economy studies the 78 largest metro-regions in the OECD, ranging from Tokyo to Auckland in Part I. Part II consists of proceedings from Conferences and Workshops on City Competitiveness.
The OECD Territorial Review of Milan recognises Milan’s skills endowment and advantageous location. But if Milan is to be a creative service hub, action is required to bolster its innovation and attractiveness and support reform via more inclusive governance.
Speakers background papers and presentations for the OECD/Scottish Executive conference on "investment Priorities for Rural Development", which took place in Edinburgh, Scotland, UK, 19-20 October 2006.
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In OECD countries, rural areas account for three-quarters of the land and are home to a quarter of the population. Rapid changes in the international economy clearly have a different effect on these regions than on cities and towns, offering different challenges but also different opportunities.Improved communications and the Internet make it possible for many people to work just as effectively from a cottage in a village as in a city
Cities are important generators of wealth, employment and productivity growth and often quoted as the engines of their national economies.
OECD work on regional development covers a number of inter-related fields: regional competitiveness, multi-level governance, urban and metropolitan policy and rural development.
Rural regions in OECD countries are important economically and demographically. Increasing globalisation, improved communications and reduced transportation costs are drivers of economic change in rural areas. However, promoting rural development poses numerous policy and governance challenges.
OECD work on regional competitiveness addresses both the measurement of regional performance through regional statistics and indicators using the OECD Regional Database and policies to address key factors that can improve the competitiveness of regions.
Taking into account the country's unique geographic location at the heart of new Europe, this review analyses the growth factors and obstacles to territorial development in the Czech Republic and the promising signs of development of major urban centres and medium sized towns.
After the severe financial crisis of 1997-98, South Korea underwent numerous changes to address its structural weaknesses and widening disparities between regions and promote regional innovation. This review discusses South Korea's rapid recovery and its future territorial development.