‘Holland Metropole is becoming the multi-city metropolis to watch’Greg Clark and Tim Moonen, Business of Cities
The past year has seen significant change in the number of city benchmarks and there are now well over 500 such studies produced worldwide.
And, according to a new report, Holland Metropole group is one of the most frequently ranked city regions worldwide, with more than 400 appearances (in indexes and sub-indexes) across all five cities.
This, The Business of Cities report states, is partly due to the way each city borrows scale from the others, and partly due to its unique system of economic specialisation.
It is also particularly striking that across all benchmarks, Amsterdam has maintained its position as the third highest performing city region worldwide, overtaking Paris and now behind only London and New York.
Over 40% of all benchmarks take into account the wider metropolitan and regional level of performance, reflecting the success of Amsterdam but also the appeal of the wider region.
Amsterdam may take first place in global studies such as the Healthiest Cities Index, Best Cities for Tech Enthusiasts and Qatar FCA Global Green Finance Index (for the depth of its green finance).
But what has really been important for Holland Metropole’s rise is that the region’s other constituent cities are also performing very well, The Business of Cities report states
For example, Utrecht, Rotterdam and Eindhoven all rank in the top 20 in Europe for the number of app economy jobs (ppi) and Eindhoven, Rotterdam and The Hague all rank in the top 25 global innovation hubs in EMEA. (Hickey & Associates).
Rotterdam, The Hague and Eindhoven also rank in the top 45 globally for talent competitiveness (INSEAD).
‘Success is enhancing the identity and distinctiveness of all five cities, within a single compelling package,’ say the report’s authors Greg Clark CBE and Tim Moonen. ‘Holland Metropole is becoming the multi-city metropolis to watch.’
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