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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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Building the creative economy: An interview with Richard Florida

December 2013—The academic and author explains how creative companies and the venture capital that drives them are increasingly flowing to cities, and what that means for economic and societal development.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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Building globally competitive cities: The key to Latin American growth

August 2011—Latin America's largest cities are under considerable strain. If their performance doesn't improve, they risk dragging down the region's overall growth trajectory. To sustain growth, urban Latin America needs to emulate best-practice examples at home and around the world.more

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Comparing urbanization in China and India

July 2010—China and India are both urbanizing rapidly, but China has embraced and shaped the process, while India is still waking up to its urban realities and opportunities.more

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India's urban awakening: Building inclusive cities, sustaining economic growth

April 2010—If India pursues a new operating model for its cities, it could add as much as 1 to 1.5 percent to annual GDP growth, bringing the economy near to the double-digit growth to which the government aspires.more

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