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This is the first  in a new series of blog posts for City Nation Place created by leading place  brand consultants to share their experience and contribute to the debate about  best practice in place branding.  At a  time of political turbulence in many places around the world, this first blog  addresses the topical issue of working effectively with politicians. 

The challenges of  working effectively with politicians and the politics of organisations

Neighborhood Development: Models for Success In Revitalizing Local Brands

How can you best leverage business improvement, creative innovation, and historic districts in your place branding and marketing strategy? How can the relationship between tourism and citizen and urban patterns be managed more successfully through the effective development of neighborhood attractions?

Moderater:
Steven Pedigo, Director of the Urban Lab and Clinical Assistant Professor, Schack  Institute of Real Estate
Panelists:  
Susan Veres, SVP  Strategy, Calgary Municipal Land Corporation
Alan Boniface,  Principal, Dialog
Nicole Fichera, Boston Innovation District / Seaport


City Nation Place Survey 2017

The report provides an essential snapshot of the strategic and investment intentions of those responsible for developing and managing a competitive identity for cities, nations and regions around the world. 

Although the services provided by the meetings industry often go unnoticed, they are a catalyst for economic growth. They have the power to influence how a city is shaped, including who lives there, who works there and who visits year-to-year. What’s more, conferences can determine what other industries flock to the region and ultimately whether long-term investment opportunities will succeed or fail.

logo Richard Florida PhD, Distinguished Fellow, NYUSPS Urban Lab, Clinical Research Professor,, NYUSPS Schack Institute of Real Estate

Richard Florida’s new book, The New Urban Crisis, explores the forces of inequality that are fraying the fibres of places from Seattle to South Beach, with urban real estate being gobbled up by the global wealthy while children of long-time locals are unable to get into the market. This is a new blueprint for cities who are victims of their own success, and just as pertinent as Rise of the Creative Class was more than a decade ago.

logo Richard Florida PhD, Distinguished Fellow, NYUSPS Urban Lab, Clinical Research Professor,, NYUSPS Schack Institute of Real Estate

The election of Donald Trump has wide-ranging implications for America’s big cities and their place in the nation and the global economy. A new book by city expert Richard Florida, The New Urban Crisis, explores the forces that propelled Trump to the presidency, and offers plenty of analysis about what’s in store for large urban centers around the globe. 

There’s been a lot of talk recently about the important role that city diplomacy has to play – enabling cities to assert their own political identity, shape their own destinies and engage foreign public.

Intrigued, we wanted to dig deeper to find stories that demonstrate the tangible positive impact city diplomacy can have. This is what we discovered.

Over 50 place brand practitioners from all over the world gathered together on the day before this year’s City Nation Place conference to share insights on two key topics – when to initiate or refresh a place brand strategy and how to engage key stakeholders. The Think Tank was led by Dr Keith Dinnie, author of Nation Branding: Concepts, Issues, Practice and editor of the book City Branding: Theory and Cases [both published by Palgrave-Macmillan].  In this report, Giannina Warren, Lecturer in Advertising and Promotional Culture at Middlesex University in the UK, summarises the key findings and insights of the session.

Report topics:
When to initiate a place brand strategy
When not to prioritise place branding
Stakeholder management:

  • Identifying who your key stakeholders are
  • Be aware of points of resistance
  • Employing co-creation

READ THE FULL REPORT

As you’ll know if you’ve had any experience with place branding, it’s such a strange beast of a discipline that it’s rare to have an unqualified victory. Speaking for myself, I’ve been in the game for 13 years – which might even qualify me as a pioneer in the field –and I often wish I could go back and give my past clients the benefit of my hindsight.

In this long-form blog he explains his concept of “Experience Masterplanning” as a way of linking and integrating place branding and place making and challenges place-branders to get into meaningful conversations with place-makers in order to better understand what they can bring, together, to the creation of better places.