How the biotech bug is spreading

How the biotech bug is spreading

Widely considered the Holy Grail of inward investment, the biotech industry is perceived as possessing relative immunity to economic woes. With such potentially high rewards at stake, more and more destinations are trying to gain a foothold in the sector.

Taking innovation downtown

Are inner-cities the place the build innovation?

Just what makes an innovation district? asks Emily J Brown. Is it a city’s cultural vibe, modern amenities and transport? Or is it the mix of business and cutting-edge technology located there? 

View from America: The US talent exchange

The US needs to extend more of a welcome to trained talent from abroad.

Has Israel hit the gas bonanza

The changing global energy map

Inspired by the shale revolution in the US, a rising number of firms are looking to profit from the untapped energy potential in other countries, turning typically unattractive investment destinations, such as Tajikistan and Iran, into potentially lucrative markets.

SME attraction

SME attraction: turning the newfound love of SMEs into a lasting relationship

With locations around the world falling for the charms of SMEs, Michal Kaczmarski looks at the innovative ways in which IPAs are attracting and nurturing smaller business, and assesses benefits they receive as the SMEs blossom into something much more lucrative.

Stratford mayor

Stratford mayor mixes the old with the new

Already a tourism centre thanks to its long-established Shakespeare festival, the Canadian city of Stratford is pushing forward with an innovative technology-focused strategy that, according to mayor Dan Mathieson, will not only benefit the festival and its visitors but also make the city a year-round destination. 

New tech city

New York's new tech prospects

A new technology campus in New York City is pushing the boundaries of innovation, both in terms of its sustainable design and its collaborative education programme, but will it be able to galvanise the city's tech potential?

Breaking the silicon mould

Breaking the silicon mould

Researchers say that a new city model – dubbed silicon city – can help foster innovation and has the capacity to transform cities, even, they stretch so far as to say, the economically destitute Detroit.

In dispute: treaties are safe, for now

International investment treaties have garnered a lot of negative publicity over the past few years. But rather than abandon them completely, the international community seems to be trying to find a way to reword them.

Marica oils the wheels of growth

Marica oils the wheels of growth

The discovery of oil off the coast of Marica has transformed the Brazilian city. Keen to ensure this economic good fortune lasts, the city's officials have sought investment in other areas – including tourism and infrastructure – as part of a long-term plan.

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American Cities of the Future 2011/12

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