Metropolitan regions and cities are increasingly becoming fundamental players in the international, European and national economic arenas. Economic productivity and competitiveness are 2 contributing factors in this process and therefore require extensive research.
In turn, economic strength, productivity and competitiveness are seen as the products of the efficient creation and dissemination of knowledge. Metropolitan regions and cities are the ideal hubs where knowledge and creativity can be translated into the innovation of products, services and production processes. By diversifying, developing critical mass and establishing strong partnerships, European metropolitan and urban areas will further develop their relevance and importance to the world economy.