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COMPETITIVE INVERNESS THE CITY OF THE HIGHLANDS CONFERENCE INVERNESS IN A EUROPEAN CONTEXT: OBSERVATION FROM IRELAND “TH PowerPoint Presentation
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COMPETITIVE INVERNESS THE CITY OF THE HIGHLANDS CONFERENCE INVERNESS IN A EUROPEAN CONTEXT: OBSERVATION FROM IRELAND “TH

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  1. COMPETITIVE INVERNESS THE CITY OF THE HIGHLANDS CONFERENCE INVERNESS IN A EUROPEAN CONTEXT: OBSERVATION FROM IRELAND “THINK GLOBAL, ACT REGIONAL” Inverness 28 October 2005 Dr Jim Fitzpatrick Fitzpatrick Associates 10 Lad Lane Dublin 2 Tel: +353-1-6763200 Fax: +353-1-6767972 www.fitzpatrick-associates.com 1

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  3. Output per Head, Ireland and EU Index of GDP at Market Prices Per Capita 3

  4. Key Ingredients in Ireland’s Growth • inward investment • relatively low cost labour (at the time) • educated workforce • English language • international conditions • tourism growth • EU membership • growth of Dublin as a “city-region” 4

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  6. Urban CentresOver 5,000 Population Proportional Size, 1996(Including Northern Ireland) 6

  7. Drivers of Urban Competitiveness Critical Important Ambiguous • innovation in firms and organisations • skilled workforce • connectivity, internal external • economic diversity • strategic decision-making capacity • diversity and social cohesion • exhibition facilities • distinctive city centre • cultural facilities • quality housing • fiscal incentives • national policies • environment, responsibility • effective governance, efficient services Source: Office of the Deputy Prime Minister, Competitive European Cities: Where Do The Core Cities Stand, Jan. 2004 7

  8. Second level 8

  9. Strengths, Weaknesses in Irish Gateway Development Level Strength Weaknesses National Level • strong enterprise policy • pragmatic approach • relatively simple governance structure • very centralised • spatial prioritisation difficult • rural emphasis • not “joined-up” Local Level • strong loyalties • some success stories • dynamic individuals • lack of clear leadership, vision • over-emphasis on infrastructure • lack of integration • poor land-use planning • entrenched interests 9

  10. GVA Per Capita and Urban as % of Total Population, 2002 10

  11. So.. • Its critical mass…. • Focus on • political acceptance • working together • hard and soft interventions • making the most of what you’ve got • Think global, act regional 11