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Ireland knows what it means to do business:  “Boston gets it, it really gets it. Your city is already doing much of what we are going to speak about today.” It’s a quote that delegates of Leading Cities have heard around the world for many years…

Dublin: Leading Ireland’s recovery and future through investment in its entrepreneurial ecosystem:  At a ceremony officially inducting the city of Dublin into the Boston-based Leading Cities Network, Enda Kenny, the Prime Minister of Ireland, said “we have to measure up and demonstrate competency, professionalism and the capacity to deliver.”…

Europe in focus: Portugal progress toward startup success –  Portugal has a bright outlook, and it’s not just because of the beautiful weather. In meeting with the business and government community here there was a decided tone of optimism…

Silicon Valley of Mexico: Gateway to possibilities –  Two new partnerships bring a vibrant and growing Mexican tech cluster closer to the already prominent innovation economy in Massachusetts. The goal is to open doors for entrepreneurs and industry leaders on both sides of the border…

Boston just got more awesome –  It was a cold, clear, winter day, only a year ago when the seed was planted. A dedicated group of Boston-based community leaders, entrepreneurs, executives, academics and government leaders gathered…

Lisbon: Rise of the entrepreneurial spirit –  Is the “entrepreneurial city” something that can be created and, if so, is it something that can be sold? Lisbon has answered “yes” to both questions…

International Trade

World Class Cities Partnership Hosts US Ambassador to Portugal Allan Katz and Portuguese Business Leaders on Trade Mission –  On Monday, April 29th, leaders from the World Class Cities Partnership, Massachusetts Technology Collaborative, Massachusetts Clean Energy Center, Massachusetts Tourism and Promotion, and the Massachusetts Life Sciences Center welcomed a delegation of business leaders from Portugal…

WCCP 2013 Chatham Forum featured big ideas and announcements –  While New England froze over the weekend in some of the coldest temperatures of the year, a group of Massachusetts leaders were fired up with ideas for making the local economy stronger, more innovative, and inclusive…

Catalan President talks public transit, economy –  Artur Mas, the 129th pres­i­dent of the govern­ment of Cat­alonia, Spain, said on Wednesday morning at North­eastern Uni­ver­sity that his com­mu­nity of roughly 7 mil­lion people strives to emu­late Mass­a­chu­setts’ eco­nomic success…

Building a Better Boston: WCCP 2012 Chatham Forum [part 1] –  Super Bowl weekend kicked off with a star-studded retreat focusing on Boston’s future. World Class Cities Partnership, in collaboration with City to City Boston and Boston World Partnerships, planned the 2012 Chatham Forum for engaged Greater Boston citizens to learn, discuss, renew friendships and expand networks….

Building a Better Boston: WCCP 2012 Chatham Forum [part 2] –  As the Chatham Forum continued, the second panel of the day, Greg Selkoe, Vicky Wu Davis, Travis McCready, Helena Fruscio and Frederick Kramer, convened later that morning to discuss strengthening Greater Boston’s global presence…

Talent

Lisbon launches new website to attract top students – Lisbon City Council, in cooperation with the major Universities of the city and FLAD + Fulbright Commission will launch a new web site which aims to be a web platform that brings together information, actors and initiatives with the central objective of attracting and retaining talent and positioning the city of Lisbon as a global hub in the fields of knowledge and innovation.

HUMAN TALENT: A CITY’S GREATEST ASSET – Dublin Summary Key Points –  There is a shortage of talent in Dublin in key sectors, for example in the information and communications sector (ICT) over 55% of positions are filled with talent from abroad…

The real reasons young people leave Massachusetts –  It is time to change the discourse around talent retention in Greater Boston. Last Thursday’s second-ever joint city council hearing, hosted by Boston City Councilor Tito Jackson and Cambridge City Councillor…

Future Boston Alliance and the Business of Hipness –  Boston’s high ranking as a global innovation city and, according to one recent report, reputation as the 10th most competitive city in the world would be the pride of mayors everywhere, but Boston continues to experience its “brain drain”…

Technology & Infrastructure

Economic challenges prompt forward-looking plans and responses:  Many aging cities have pondered what to do with their outdated, underused, and often deteriorating industrial buildings – sometimes blocks and blocks of them…

Epcot meets The Jetsons: Futuristic city underway in Portugal –  Boston has a long history of being an innovative city with creative, “revolutionary” ideas often in the works along with an educated, forward-thinking and passionate talent pool from around the globe

Boston and Lisbon: Putting the waterfront at the forefront –  Boston and Lisbon, intertwined by history and geography, are putting their waterfronts at the forefront. It is no coincidence that both cities are looking toward the water’s edge…

Barcelona Success Yields Model For Boston Innovation District –  The Boston region has the opportunity to leverage the development growth at Kendall Square and Longwood Medical area while building the South Boston innovation district and, accordingly, shape the future of our region’s innovation economy…

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