ULI has published a report analyzing the international competitiveness of Milan and Turin, two of Italy’s major cities. The report, Milan and Turin: Building Competitiveness in Italy’s Great Northern Cities, was launched at ULI Italy’s inaugural Annual Conference, held in Milan in April, which focused on competitive cities.

The challenge of developing and maintaining a competitive edge is important for cities around the world. In Italy, this issue is framed by distinct pressures and challenges posed by the country’s history and strategic role in Europe. In some sectors, such as the creative and innovation sectors, businesses and talent have become increasingly mobile and are attracted to cities that offer both livability and innovation. At the same time, investors are focusing exclusively on cities. In this context, competition among cities for investment and talent is significant.

The report employed a framework, derived from ULI’s longstanding research focused on cities,  to assess the competitiveness of the cities, addressing a variety of factors ranging from governance and regulatory issues to livability and social integration.

The report reviews the key competitive strengths and weaknesses of Milan and Turin and makes a series of specific recommendations intended for use by those in the public and private sectors seeking to enhance the competitiveness of the two cities.