Rio boasts the second largest economy in Brazil, and is home to the 4th richest metropolitan area in Latin America. The city is an economic hub with its major port and international airport. In 2013, Rio’s economy accounted for about 12% of Brazil’s GDP. Rio de Janeiro holds an investment grade, has the lowest unemployment rate and highest rate of investment.
The total population of the city is 6.300.000 people, which represents 3.2% of the total population of Brazil, but considering the Great Metropolitan area of Rio that includes 15 other municipalities, the total population is about 12.000.000 people.
Rio de Janeiro is the smartest city in Brazil, according to the first General Ranking of Smart and Connected Cities, presented in 2015 during the Connected Smart Cities conference in São Paulo. On a 50-city list, Rio de Janeiro stood out in the categories for Technology and Innovation, and Economy.
In preparation for the challenges of 21st century cities, Rio has implemented Smart City strategies including the creation of the city’s state-of-the-art Operations Center. This center processes live data from a multitude of traffic and surveillance cameras, social networks and a variety of other sources, allowing such advancements as predicting flooded streets and re-directing traffic before the floods.
Two-thirds of the resources allocated to the Rio 2016 Games were invested in urban infrastructure for the city. There was extensive construction including a new subway line taking the trains to Barra da Tijuca area where the Olympic Park is located, a tramway connecting the whole of downtown Rio to the port and regional airport, and express lanes for buses (BRT System) which interconnected the competition venues. Long after the 2016 Olympics concluded, the City of Rio continues to experience the impact of this global event.
Leading Cities’ Team Coordinator: Stefan Habergritz
Stefan Habergritz is native of Rio de Janeiro and a business developer in the sectors of digital media and business travel consulting.
He manages a corporate travel business that for over 10 years advises and assists companies, official foreign representatives and individuals in national and international business missions coming to or from Rio de Janeiro.
Graduating from Universidad Estacio de Sà with a degree in Marketing, Mr. Habergritz also has over 15 years experience in the digital media industry in Rio de Janeiro. He worked coordinating the digital department in companies such as O DIA (one of the major newspapers in Rio), Portal iG (one of the largest internet portals in Brazil), and the dutch Zoomin.tv, building relationships with major companies in the government and private sectors.