Why city openness matters during recession?
The OPENCities project is part of the European URBACT programme; its final conference was held in Brussels on May 25th. Research carried out for this project has shown that cities can gain a competitive advantage by being open to migration in recessionary periods. OPENCities has developed a unique tool to measure the openness of cities and share best practice through a partner network. The ‘Monitor’ is based on 54 internationally comparable indicators and presently includes 26 cities.
Nine European cities participating in the project – Belfast, Bilbao, Cardiff, Dusseldorf, Dublin, Nitra, Poznan, Sofia and Vienna – hope to further apply the results of this research and have just presented their local action plans to increase their openness.
The URBACT network is funded by the European Union and brings together nearly 300 cities. Its objective is to promote the exchange of knowledge and best practice in urban development.