INSPIRING FUTURE CITY LEADERS
The Future Cities Collaborative brings together policy, practice and research to inform our city leaders into inspired action to build great cities. The Collaborative is an initiative of the United States Studies Centre, with its primary role to promote sustainable urban development by supporting city leaders with leadership and strategic management tools, creating a forum in which mayors can share ideas and information, and being a site for capacity building and development of skills and knowledge in building sustainable cities.
The cornerstone of the Future Cities Collaborative is the Future Cities Program, which focuses on supporting both regional and metroplitan city leaders in New South Wales, by providing them with the knowledge, skills and resources to build sustainable and liveable communities.
The Future Cities Program realises that informed and visionary leadership is needed to decide how, when, and where new approaches and technologies can be used to make a real difference in improving not only the livability but also the sustainability and productivity of our cities. Strategic planning and sustainable urban development are being brought to the fore the world over and the Future Cities Program, in collaboration with the University of Sydney’s Faculty of Architecture, Design and Planning, is supporting our leaders by using evidence-based solution modeling, first-hand examples and education, and collaborative approaches to shared problems to make meaningful differences to Australian cities.
Delegates from the City of Newcastle, City of Penrith , City of Canada Bay, Blacktown City Council, City of Liverpool and the Western Sydney Business Chamber met with over 60 civic and industry leaders and examined over nine projects across Los Angeles, Phoenix, Dallas, and Chicago over the last six days to identify the funding and financing tools used to support economic development programs and projects, including infrastructure, transport, and civic facilities.
The final day of the 2015 US-Australian City Exchange on Local Finance Mechanisms was spent in Chicago. Under the guidance of our partner AECOM, we visited the City of Chicago Department of Planning and Development, the department responsible for administering Chicago’s version of Business Improvement Districts, called Special Service Areas, and the City’s Innovation Department.
Today the delegates participating in the 2015 US-Australian City Exchange on Local Finance Mechanisms visited sites in Dallas, Texas. The Exchange is presented by the Future Cities Collaborative, an initiative of the United States Studies Centre at the University of Sydney, with the support of NSW Trade and Investment and AECOM.