Insightful City Strategies and Plans
How do you achieve enhanced social outcomes and economic growth, whilst constantly reducing resource use, taxes, the cost of living for citizens, and the cost of doing business?
We appreciate how tough it is to be a city leader. Our engineers, economists and consultants examine cities from a variety of angles, to give you a comprehensive picture of the unique risks and challenges to address, and the assets and opportunities that your city can capitalise on.
Once the real imperatives for the city have been agreed, we draw on our local and international experience of best practice to define dynamic strategies and programmes to help you to transform your economy, spatial structure and systems. These will help you to achieve your goals, and better respond to changing demand.
Technical strategies for change are supported by plans to address essential changes to governance, delivery capability and financing, often including greater private sector involvement. We also help you work with stakeholders and communities to build clear cases for change and briefs for action.
In Saudi Arabia, the Future Riyadh programme has set a series of key strategies, backed up by programmes of activities that will create a more resilient and inclusive city, and in the USA, Detroit Future City has engaged with a wide range of stakeholders in the development of solutions that will help Detroit readjust to radically changed economic fortunes.
In Qatar we developed an economic and business strategy for three new Special Economic Zones to attract foreign direct investment and generate local employment.
If you are challenged by the prioritisation of limited resources across a wide portfolio of possible infrastructure projects, then our Infrastructure Economics team can provide strategy and transaction advice. This will help you to maximise asset value by assessing potential demand, revenues and costs, whilst also taking into account policy aspirations, market drivers and risk allocation. Our investment grade revenue forecasts provided our client with the confidence to invest in the extension of toll lanes on the I-25/US36 highway in Colorado.
At Jamaica Bay Great Urban Park in New York, we brought together landowners and stakeholder groups to unlock issues around environmental restoration, transportation, access and youth engagement, leading to the signing of a governance agreement between the Mayor of New York and the USS Secretary of State of the Interior, and the establishment of a permanent non-profit conservancy to develop the 10,000 acre parkland.
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We work with city leaders and authorities to help them develop a clear diagnosis of the major challenges faced by their city. We also work with governors, governments, natural resource companies and NGOs at a regional level.
All key aspects are examined, from economic and social development, environmental resources, spatial and infrastructure systems to governance and management structures.
Drawing on our broad range of technical experts, we examine the complex interaction of these different factors, and help leaders to establish their imperatives and define targeted strategies that help address them.
We create models to support decision- making. These ensure that strategic planning frameworks and integrated development strategies are robust enough to address all aspects of the city or region, and allow for adaptation to significant change and shocks over time.
To implement the agreed strategies, we deliver clear actionable programmes that help to develop the primary planning content and the main governance, delivery and funding mechanisms. Leveraging our understanding of infrastructure finance, we help position strategic programmes for funding from central government, private sector and international funders.
City leaders seek to achieve a prosperous and growing economy, with social inclusion and poverty reduction whilst also minimising negative environmental impacts.
To address this, our economic research and analysis helps leaders better understand their city’s unique set of assets and constraints, drivers and challenges and the impact of current policies and practices. We develop economic strategies that identify the industry sectors and clusters that will create value, generate new employment and enhance a city’s economic position. Through scenario testing we investigate direct and indirect induced impacts to ensure that economic and social strategies are realistic, achievable and properly phased.
City governments are increasingly expected to lead the overall development of their regions; going beyond narrow public service and municipal infrastructure remits to provide leadership on economic development and strategic infrastructure planning.
We help city and regional governments to develop the capabilities they need to operationalise strategy; from broad strategy management and programme development to setting up the necessary financing. This enables them to fulfil their leadership role and engage the broad range of key government, private sector and community stakeholders that will be crucial to a programme’s success.
Taking forward the city’s agreed strategy often requires new programmes to be established and managed that cross departmental boundaries. To maximise the effectiveness of these programmes, there is frequently a need to set up new governance systems, processes, and procurement frameworks, managed by project management or strategy management offices.
The positive influence on economic growth of major infrastructure projects is widely recognised, but the sheer diversity of proposals makes prioritisation of limited resources difficult – from the renovation of ageing infrastructure after decades of under maintenance, to the demand for new infrastructure to meet rapid expansion.
Our Strategic Infrastructure team provide strategy and transaction advice across all infrastructure types to public sector sponsors, asset owners and investors. Our work helps our clients understand and maximise asset value by assessing potential demand, revenues and costs, taking into account policy aspirations, market drivers and risk allocation.
Cities worldwide face the need to adapt to accelerating economic, social and environmental change. We help declining, growing and emerging cities prepare for their future by examining what the city can do to adapt their systems, infrastructure and approach to land use, in response to medium to long-term change in demand patterns, and rising costs.
Working with city and regional governments and infrastructure agencies we identify key risks and vulnerabilities. Risk management and mitigation approaches are then developed to enhance preparedness with organisational strengthening, as well as bolstering capabilities to respond, learn and efficiently plan recovery.