The Knowledge Economy and the City. Towards a dynamic knowledge society in 2010
'Knowledge Economy and the City', a Dutch-language publication, sets out what the towns and cities of the G30, the thirty largest towns and cities of the Netherlands, are doing to stimulate the knowledge economy.
The main focus of the report is on identifying and describing successful examples of projects. 'Kenniseconomie en de Stad' (Knowledge economy and the city) is the product of two activities:
- the study of the knowledge economy in the Netherlands’ major cities conducted by KCGS International;
- the annual conference Kenniseconomie en de stad of 2 December 2004 held by KCGS International and the City of Rotterdam.
How do you create the right conditions in a town or city for business and industry to flourish? How can the development of the knowledge economy be facilitated locally? 'Kenniseconomie en de Stad' has five principal themes:
- cluster formation;
- creative industry;
- collaboration between companies, local authorities and other levels of government;
The publication concludes with some practical tips for city-level policy makers wishing to strengthen the urban knowledge economy. Here some of these tips are listed:
- identify what is going on in the city in the area of the knowledge economy;
- Exploit the advantages to be gained from collaboration;
- Use the knowledge economy as the figurehead of the city;
- Establish the role of the local authority;
- Use funding as an incentive;
- Use intermediaries;
- Establish links between education and the knowledge economy.
Kenniscentrum Grote Steden (Dutch Knowledge centre for larger
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