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Accelerating Pathways

Accelerating Pathways, commissioned by the Citi Foundation and conducted by the Economist Intelligence Unit, is a global research initiative that offers an in-depth look at how 35 global cities support young people's economic ambitions.

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Youth Economic Strategy Index: Download the PDF >
Global Youth Survey 2015: Download the PDF >

Why Cities Should Invest in Citizenship

Helping Immigrants Achieve Citizenship Yields Major Returns -- and It's the Right Thing to Do

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The 2015 Menino Survey of Mayors

The 2015 Menino Survey of Mayors encompasses insights and perspectives shared by a representative sample of eighty-nine sitting U.S. mayors from cities of all sizes.

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Three Things Cities Should Do To Be Competitive

This post is adapted from Ed Skyler's remarks at the New York Times 'Cities for Tomorrow' conference in New York on July 21, 2015.

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Next City Magazine

Citi's Global Director of Citi Community Development, Bob Annibale, was recently interviewed by Next City Magazine about Citi's work from microfinancing to neighborhood revitalization. Topics discussed included partnering with mayors, helping the unbanked, immigrant integration and more!

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City Accelerator

As local government resources contract and challenges ranging from economic inequality to infrastructure compound, cities must design new and more effective responses. Cities are increasingly looking for ways to implement promising innovations that will have a significant impact in the lives of their residents, especially those with low incomes. The City Accelerator, an initiative of Living Cities and the Citi Foundation, aims to help accelerate the adoption of such innovations within and across cities.

How to Innovate on What Matters Most >
Introducing the City Accelerator's First Cohort >
Going Public: How the City Accelerator Works >
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The New York City Tech Ecosystem: A report commissioned by Citi, Google, ABNY and NY Tech Meetup

This report is the first-of-its kind to measure the impact of tech jobs, including those in non-tech industries, on New York City's economy. An estimated 291,000 people work in the New York City tech ecosystem, making up 7% of the city's workforce. More than half of them, or 150,000, work at non-tech firms.

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The Success of Cities Requires Collaboration Across Sectors

By 2050, more than 70 percent of world's population is expected to live in cities. Swelling urban populations combined with aging infrastructure and tightening budgets are putting more pressure than ever on municipal leaders to ensure that resources are maximized. Indeed, the indisputable trend of urbanization is presenting a unique set of challenges - as well as opportunities - for municipal governments.

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Economist Intelligence Unit

Citi has commissioned a series of research reports from the Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU) to benchmark cities around the globe and measure their relative competitiveness based on their ability to attract capital, business, global talent and tourism.

Hot spots 2025: Benchmarking the future competitiveness of cities
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Hot Spots: Benchmarking Global City Competitiveness
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Research Reports

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Urbanization: A Major Driver of Infrastructure Spending
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Finance for an Urban Future
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Are the Politicians Getting It Wrong on US Energy?
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