Working together: transformational leadership for city growth

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Smith Institute
Date of publication
24 September 2007
Community Development and Regeneration
Social welfare
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This collection comprises essays by leaders of eight city councils (Birmingham, Bristol, Leeds, Liverpool, Manchester, Newcastle, Nottingham and Sheffield), co-authored with leaders from industry, higher education, the community and the voluntary sector. Each demonstrates the renaissance of our core cities in recent years and shows a new city dynamic at work, centred on partnership working, political consensus and a shared sense of vision and ambition. However, all the authors acknowledge the difficult challenges facing our major cities, which include: education, skills and training; improving transport networks between and within city regions; climate change and carbon reduction; increasing capital investment and engaging the private sector; and innovation and harnessing intellectual capital. Taken together, this collection offers solutions, from differing perspectives, on how city leadership can meet the challenges of economic success on the one hand, and ensure social inclusion and sustainable communities on the other.

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