Report: Positioning cities for inclusive growth


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We are running an initiative to understand how the built environment drives prosperity in cities and urban centres. Based around a series of events called City Exchanges, we have published our key findings following our Birmingham City Exchange held in October. 

We commissioned a YouGov poll to members of the public which has provided a starting point for the conversation at each of these events. ING Media's City Strategist Peter Griffiths analysed the results of the YouGov poll alongside comparative statistics of each city's performance within the UK.

We then invited experts in cities and urban development as well as local leaders and professionals engaged in the process of making places better to live and work in the West Midlands to discuss specific topics and solutions to urban challenges.

Having experienced one of the most rapid growth rates nationally in recent years and representing the youngest population of any UK region, the West Midlands is in a unique position. HS2, the Commonwealth Games and Coventry City of culture has cemented commercial interest in the region and a wave of major brownfield site developments and private sector partnerships has attracted national attention. 

Covid-19 has hit the West Midlands hard but an inclusive economic recovery and affordable homes offer lies at the heart of emerging policies. How the region will manage the opportunities and challenges at hand remains a keen subject for stakeholders.

To view the results of the YouGov poll along with the key themes of the discussion of our Birmingham City Exchange, please download the report here.

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