ULI is pleased to publish this research report analysing the international competitiveness of Milan and Turin, two of Italy’s major cities. The report was launched at ULI Italy’s inaugural Annual Conference, themed around competitive cities.
The challenge of developing and maintaining a competitive edge is of importance for cities around the world. In Italy, this issue is framed by distinct pressures and challenges posed by the country’s history and strategic role in Europe. In some sectors, such as the creative and innovation sectors, businesses and talent have become increasingly mobile and attracted to cities that offer both liveability and innovation. At the same time, investors are focusing exclusively on cities. In this context, competition amongst cities for investment and talent is significant.
Based on ULI’s longstanding research focused on cities, we have developed a framework to assess the competitiveness of cities, addressing a variety of factors ranging from the governance framework and regulatory issues to softer issues, such as liveability and social integration.
This report reviews the key competitive strengths and weaknesses of Milan and Turin and makes a series of concrete recommendations. These will be useful to all those in the public and private sectors who wish to take action to enhance the competitiveness of these two cities.