Winning from Second: What Geelong can learn from International Second Cities

Correia, J, Denham, T and Casson, R 2018, 'Winning from Second: What Geelong can learn from International Second Cities', in Remaking Cities, Melbourne, Australia, 31 Jan to 2 Feb 2018, pp. 99-107.

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Collection: Conference Papers

Title Winning from Second: What Geelong can learn from International Second Cities
Author(s) Correia, J
Denham, T
Casson, R
Year 2018
Conference name Remaking Cities
Conference location Melbourne, Australia
Conference dates 31 Jan to 2 Feb 2018
Proceedings title Remaking Cities
Publisher Centre for Urban Research
Place of publication Melbourne, Australia
Start page 99
End page 107
Total pages 9
Abstract Business-led city associations and collaborative economic development organisations are an increasingly important player in urban development, particularly where cities are facing economic decline and are seeking economic and social reinvigoration or transformation. The Committee for Geelong (CfG) in Australia is one such entity, an independent, member-based organisation committed to leading and influencing to achieve our strategic objectives for Geelong. This paper presents the results of a collaborative research effort between the CfG, the UN Global Compact - Cities Programme and the RMIT Centre for Urban Research that sought to draw on the experiences of comparable cities in Europe and the United States of America to guide the transformation of the Geelong economy. The study also endeavoured to support and inform wider Australian government policy thinking on second cities and came at an important juncture for Geelong, as Victorias second largest city. The research is based on a study tour of second cities, investigating how comparable international cities have developed into growing, successful cities following the decline of core industrial sectors. The insights of the resultant report provide recommendations for Geelongs social and economic development and focus on governance frameworks, vision and strategy implementation, approaches to economic development and how diverse economic needs have been addressed within communities. While focusing on Geelong, the findings also underscore the need for greater policy and planning attention to be given to second cities in Australia, with many examples of significant economic and social development resulting from this type of policy focus. Findings have been presented to local, state, federal and international leaders.
Subjects Regional Analysis and Development
Keyword(s) Second cities
DOI - identifier 10.25916/5c2420de807e6
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