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1 COMPETITIVE INVERNESS THE CITY OF THE HIGHLANDS CONFERENCE INVERNESS IN A EUROPEAN CONTEXT: OBSERVATION FROM IRELAND “THINK GLOBAL, ACT REGIONAL” Inverness 28 October 2005 Dr Jim Fitzpatrick Fitzpatrick Associates 10 Lad Lane Dublin 2 Tel: +353-1-6763200 Fax: +353-1-6767972 www.fitzpatrick-associates.com
Output per Head, Ireland and EU 3 Index of GDP at Market Prices Per Capita
Key Ingredients in Ireland’s Growth 4 inward investment relatively low cost labour (at the time) educated workforce English language international conditions tourism growth EU membership growth of Dublin as a “city-region”
Urban Centres Over 5,000 Population Proportional Size, 1996 (Including Northern Ireland) 6
Drivers of Urban Competitiveness 7 CriticalImportantAmbiguous innovation in firms and organisations skilled workforce connectivity, internal external economic diversity strategic decision-making capacity diversity and social cohesion exhibition facilities distinctive city centre cultural facilities quality housing fiscal incentives national policies environment, responsibility effective governance, efficient services Source: Office of the Deputy Prime Minister, Competitive European Cities: Where Do The Core Cities Stand, Jan. 2004
8 Second level
Strengths, Weaknesses in Irish Gateway Development 9 LevelStrengthWeaknesses National Level strong enterprise policy pragmatic approach relatively simple governance structure very centralised spatial prioritisation difficult rural emphasis not “joined-up” Local Level strong loyalties some success stories dynamic individuals lack of clear leadership, vision over-emphasis on infrastructure lack of integration poor land-use planning entrenched interests
GVA Per Capita and Urban as % of Total Population, 2002 10
So.. 11 Its critical mass…. Focus on political acceptance working together hard and soft interventions making the most of what you’ve got Think global, act regional
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