Smart specialization for cities – a roadmap for city intelligence and excellence

How to build an intelligent city. The broad view of holistic develop- ment should nevertheless be coupled with a deepening of strategy and posi- tioning. This is pursued in part by de- veloping city intelligence and intellec- tual capital, in the form of knowledge industries and cluster development.

The tendency can be, however, to pursue eco- nomic sectors and activities which are popular but which may not complement the particular region’s existing strengths or support its vision and future growth areas. How then can cities be intelligent in their navigation of the knowledge economy?

One such guiding compass is the smart specialisation approach to city visioning and resource prioritisation.

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