What was apparent during last week's Americas conference is that places across the USA and Canada are rising to the challenges created by COVID-19. Here are six of the most common challenges faced by place branders in North America, and how cities, states and regions are pivoting to tackle these challenges.
The dizzying transformations wrought by COVID-19 lock-downs are not simply economic and social shocks. They are also profound blows to the psyche of places – their sense of identity, purpose and sustainability. It’s a crisis of confidence. And confidence is one of the most critical resources any locale needs to move forward.
How have Topeka revitalised their approach to talent attraction? Bob Ross, SVP Marketing & Communications, Greater Topeka Partnership, shared how collaboration between multiple stakeholders has enabled the revitalisation of their downtown and an innovative new programme to entice talent to relocate to Topeka.
How can rural destinations differentiate themselves with a clear place branding strategy? Andrew Redden, Hastings County's manager for tourism and economic development, outlines the challenges they face and how collaboration can unlock new opportunities.