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1 City of Aarhus Mayors Department Business and City Development Second cities and economic growth Jan Beyer Schmidt-Sørensen City of Aarhus OPEN DAYS 2009

2 City of Aarhus Mayors Department Business and City Development Second cities need not be secondary!!! The group of second largest cities have a large labour market and often good transport connections and universities. As second tier metros are defined nationally, they can differ in size from one country to the next In some countries, the second tier metros are among the best performing regions (Regional Focus 01/2009, European Union)

3 City of Aarhus Mayors Department Business and City Development 300,000 and in greater Aarhus area 1,200,000 Fastest growing city in DK wrt. residents and employment 40,000 students in higher education

4 City of Aarhus Mayors Department Business and City Development Challenge UK cities outside London are small on a global scale, and so need to collaborate with the regional neighbours in key areas (Centre for Cities, 2009) The breadth of a regions external and international networks will be decisive in determining future economic outcomes (NESTA, 2008)

5 City of Aarhus Mayors Department Business and City Development Balanced regional development Public perceptions of economic growth in capitals vs. second cities Public perceptions of unevenly distributed gains and costs of globalisations

6 City of Aarhus Mayors Department Business and City Development Cities Cities as engines of growth Size matters, agglomeration effects and economics of scale Business climate basics Well-educated labour force Well-developed infrastructure Well-functioning public administration Broad perspective

7 City of Aarhus Mayors Department Business and City Development City-regions Cities boost regions by providing e.g.: Critical mass of public and private knowledge institutions Vibrant environment for knowledge creation and transfer Connectivity which attracts higher value business functions Highly paid jobs – attracting commuters Concentration of culture, leisure and sport

8 City of Aarhus Mayors Department Business and City Development City-regions Cities rely on regions for e.g.: Space for major economic and infrastructure projects Wider range of urban and rural housing Distinctive urban centres with niche retail experiences Wider workforce and skills base Opportunities for countryside leisure

9 City of Aarhus Mayors Department Business and City Development Aarhus strategy Moving up the value chain Expanding the knowledge base

10 City of Aarhus Mayors Department Business and City Development 2030 milestones residents jobs students housing

11 City of Aarhus Mayors Department Business and City Development Human resources Educational hub strategy Attracting foreign students and labour

12 City of Aarhus Mayors Department Business and City Development Innovation Attracting R&D departments Science and innovation parks City of Aarhus as an innovation partner

13 City of Aarhus Mayors Department Business and City Development Infrastructure – improve connectivity Outside the city-region Hamburg and Copenhagen Within the city-region to increase the number of people within one hours drive to Aarhus

14 City of Aarhus Mayors Department Business and City Development City-region cooperation Business Region Aarhus

15 City of Aarhus Mayors Department Business and City Development Cleantech 2/3 of the cleantech-related export and 58% of the cleantech-employment originates from the region Cluster organization with matchmaking Branding the region as a cleantech-region

16 City of Aarhus Mayors Department Business and City Development Health care New university hospital construction the next 10 years amounting to 1.5 billion Euro Attracting health care related firms to cluster around the new hospital Attracting and retaining health care specialists Commercialization of Biotech and Medtech projects; business park close to the hospital

17 City of Aarhus Mayors Department Business and City Development Architecture and design The highest concentration of architectural firms in DK Internationalize the cluster Synergy with the cleantech cluster

18 City of Aarhus Mayors Department Business and City Development City branding A city communication master plan To drive and implement activity To ensure a consistency of message

19 City of Aarhus Mayors Department Business and City Development Read more about business in Aarhus on


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