City Vitals: How Do We Measure the Success of Cities? CEOs for Cities 2011 Fall National Meeting October 11, 2011 Robert Weissbourd.

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City Vitals:
How Do We Measure
the Success of Cities?
CEOs for Cities
2011 Fall National Meeting
October 11, 2011
Robert Weissbourd
 Strategic - driven by desired outcomes
 Quality not Quantity - “answers, not data”
 User Driven - no ‘data dumps’; no ‘map madness’
 User Friendly - task and market oriented
 Customized - specialized to user needs and systems
 Current - up-to-date, recurring
 Standardized - broad coverage and usability
Translating Research to Practice:
Determining the Right Information Resources to Drive Change
Create Effective
Public & Civic
Culture &
Institutions
Enhance
Regional
Concentrations
Deploy
Human Capital
Aligned with
Job Pools
Leverage
Points
for Sustainable
and Inclusive
Prosperity
Increase
Spatial
Efficiency
Develop
InnovationEnabling
Infrastructure
DEGREE OF OVERLAP( %)

Similar view of importance and function of
innovation; many overlapping metrics

Possible additional factors
 Business Dynamics
 Metrics: Churn, employment turnover
 Research and Development
 Metrics: Academic R&D expenditures

Heavy overlap, more exclusive emphasis on
networks/connections rather than broader
efficiency of moving people, goods, ideas

Possible additional factors:
 Transit Accessibility
 Jobs-Housing Mismatch
 Density

Except for citizen engagement, less focus
on the institutional environment for
economic success

Possible additional factors:
 Government Fragmentation
 Tax-Value Proposition
 Governance

Agreement on importance of human
capital; different understanding of
drivers/practice

Possible additional factors:
 Alignment with Job Creation/Market
Demand
 Labor Market Efficiency
 Job Structure (middle skills) and
Mobility

Different view of role, and particularly cause and
effect, with respect to amenities.

Additional factors important on margins (and intrametro):
 Good Housing and Safety Proposition
 Retail Services
 Access to Job Centers

Limited focus on the production side of the
economy (harder to reduce to metrics); some
similar top line metrics

Possible additional factors:
 Productivity and GRP
 Growth in Concentrated Industries and
Functions
 Specializations in Emerging Knowledge
Sectors
DISCUSSION
CEOs for Cities
2011 Fall National Meeting
October 11, 2011
Robert Weissbourd
It’s not the Chicken or the Egg –
It’s the Incubator
IT’S ABOUT PRODUCTIVITY
Knowledge Workers
Active Human Capital
Knowledge
Functions
Industry
High HC
Occupation
s
Productive
Industries
To Attract Knowledge Workers, Build an
Economy Characterized by High-Human Capital
Occupations and Functions