The Australian Government’s Smart Cities Plan has identified City Deals as the vehicle for investment in regional cities. Being ready to deal is essential if cities are to be successful, but this is not as straight forward as it may seem.
Developed in partnership with the Centre for Cities, the RAI’s new report Blueprint for Investing in City Deals: Are You Ready to Deal? provides a blueprint for local, state and federal government, as well as private businesses and community groups, to help prepare for City Deals.
If successful, regional cities have the capacity to produce $378 billion in output by 2031, twice as much as new economy industries (e.g. finance, education, health and professional services) in today’s metropolitan cities.
For more information about regional city economic performance, view the Lighting Up our Great Small Cities: Challenging Misconceptions report.
A new Great Small Cities Data Tool
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