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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.
Organising the 2004 Olympics has proved to be a unique opportunity for Athens and the region of Attica. This review assesses their opportunities for further development but also the complex inter-related problems they face, and provides recommendations for the post-Olympic
This review analyses the challenges the Vienna-Bratislava metropolitan region faces from expanding metropolitans and cross-border integration, and assesses the region's ability to fully integrate while ensuring that convergence benefits the whole population.
"Innovation and Effectiveness in Territorial Develoment Policy" Meeting of ministers and high-level officials responsible for territorial policy in OECD countries, held 25-26 June 2003 in Martigny, Switzerland.