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The Systems of Secondary Cities – Neglected Drivers of Urbanizing Economies

Much of the attention in international development and academia focuses on the role of mega and primary cities in shaping the new economic geography of development, it is however secondary cities that will have a greater influence upon the economic development of nations and larger geographic regions in the urban millennium.

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Oct. 1, 2015
10:00am – 12:00pm

Location

5th Floor, Woodrow Wilson Center
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The Systems of Secondary Cities – Neglected Drivers of Urbanizing Economies

Secondary Cities are becoming increasingly interlinked and dependent upon each other to boost trade, investment, and local economic development.  As a result of these changes, a new order or system of cities is emerging.  While much of the attention in international development and academia focuses on the role of mega and primary cities in shaping the new economic geography of development, secondary cities will have a greater influence upon the economic development of nations in the urban millennium.

As gateways between rural and metropolitan areas, secondary cities are growing rapidly worldwide but are struggling to attract investment needed to build infrastructure and vibrant communities.  Some have very high rates of informal sector employment and large slum areas. Panelists will discuss strategies for national and local governments to generate inclusive growth and improve livelihoods in secondary cities.   

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