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Creating growth clusters: What role for local government?

July 2014—A systematic approach to implementation could help start-up ecosystems flourish.more

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How to build a skyscraper in two weeks

May 2014—China’s Broad Group is revolutionizing commercial building. Chairman and CEO Zhang Yue explains why traditional construction practices are outdated and how the industry can change.more

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Maximizing revenue from government-owned assets

May 2014—Privatizing government assets is just one way to improve fiscal health or invest in new infrastructure. To create value for the public, all options should be considered.more

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Building societies: An interview with Madeleine Albright

May 2014—Infrastructure is about much more than cement, according to the former US secretary of state and chair of the Albright Stonebridge Group.more

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Urban world: The shifting global business landscape

October 2013—By 2025, almost half of the world’s biggest companies will probably be based in emerging markets, profoundly altering global competitive dynamics.more

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How to make a city great

September 2013—By 2030, 60 percent of the world’s population will live in cities. That could mean great things for economic growth—if the cities handle their expansion wisely. Here’s how.more

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Infrastructure productivity: How to save $1 trillion a year

January 2013—Just keeping pace with projected global GDP growth will require an estimated $57 trillion in infrastructure investment between now and 2030. Practical steps can reduce infrastructure spending by 40 percent—an annual saving of $1 trillion—by boosting productivity. more

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Urban America: US cities in the global economy

April 2012—US cities dominate their host economy like in no other region and will continue to be important players in the urban world, contributing more than 10 percent of global GDP growth in the next 15 years. more

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The world’s new growth frontier: Midsize cities in emerging markets

March 2011—Over the next 15 years, 400 cities that most executives have never heard of will power global growth. This narrated slideshow explores them.more

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