Today it is not only countries, but also global cities, who establish strong diplomatic ties and compete in terms of economic development and quality of life.
Smaller regional centers are to follow. 80% of the 1117 Russian cities are either historical settlements or small towns. To develop economically, they need investments considering the local specifics, as well as high-quality infrastructure and urban environment.
A town of any size and status can fight for resources and human capital. And career opportunities are not the only motivation for talented people. People want to live in cities where a comfortable living is not limited to a house or apartment.
This request from residents and the business community was embodied in the national project «Housing and Urban Environment», in new investment developments and leadership programs.
National goals for 2024
to the quality of the urban environment
cities with unfavorable environment
million m² housing a year
With implementation of national projects and understanding of importance of the urban economy the role of the local government has grown, too. For mayors, it means more resources for development of their cities and their own political weight at the regional level. But new opportunities always mean greater responsibility – for the accuracy of decisions being made, efficiency in spending money and providing economic growth not only to the cities, but also regions.
A high-quality urban environment is diverse and varied, it is complex in its structure and connected with all the aspects of the citizens’ life. Therefore, its development is a multipurpose task. New professionals and strategic instruments will help city leaders to manage it.
In Osaka, Frankfurt, Sydney, Toronto – many cities that hold first places in international ratings – standards and strategies are implemented on multiple levels: master plans, regulations for space development, design codes.
These kinds of documents provide a clear plan for action and transparent way to attract additional resources and investments in the urban economy. Is it a platform for interaction and, as a result, mutual understanding among citizens: along with the authorities, citizens, entrepreneurs and experts are involved in work on those documents.
For the fourth time the «Living Environment» forum will become a platform for exchanging best experiences and successful cases from Russia and the world, which in the wake of implementation of the priority national projects could be also used at the different level – by constructors, designers, architects, regional and municipal authorities.