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Limerick City and County Council, IE fosters regional economic growth with Engine Hubs Network

The network of 10 hubs provides workspaces and hands-on support for growing businesses. Enterprises benefit from high-speed Internet, co-working spaces, and access to Innovate Limerick advisors. The Startup Mentoring initiative supports software companies with funding up to €15,000 and infrastructure support on the path to minimally viable products. Engine Hubs Network also hosts free clinics and workshops on effective business practices.

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Limerick City and County Council, IE

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Ireland

Mansfield District Council, GB emphasizes local vendors in procurement decisions with new portal

The council amended its procurement methods in 2019 to prioritize local vendors under certain spending limits. Businesses register their interests in future council contracts with the portal's intake form. Council decision-makers consult the portal for potential partners when posting contracts valued up to £50,000. A series of Meet the Buyer events and a proposed limit increase to £100,000 demonstrate Mansfield's commitment to local business growth.

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Mansfield District Council, GB

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United Kingdom

Leicester City Council, GB Graduate City Programme pairs university students with paid internships

Leicester, De Montfort University, and the University of Leicester partnered on the initiative for second-year students. Project leaders found most of the 500 businesses contacted about the initiative never recruited local university students. Participating students worked paid internships lasting six weeks at small businesses in high-growth industries. The LGCP revealed job opportunities for young professionals and opened talent pipelines to growing enterprises.

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Leicester City Council, GB

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United Kingdom

eThekwini, KZN produces Durban Business Confidence Index for understanding of economic conditions

eThekwini, the Durban Chamber of Commerce, and the University of KwaZulu-Natal surveyed city businesses in Q3 2022. This survey asked about daily operational concerns and confidence about the economy in the next quarter. Survey responses resulted in a score of 35.47 on a scale from 0 for lack of confidence to 100 for extreme confidence. Quarterly updates to the DBCI will inform economic policies and support programs from the project partners.

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eThekwini, KZN

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South Africa

London Borough of Tower Hamlets, GB helps small businesses change course with Pivot Project

Borough officials worked with Enterprise Nation to help 50 businesses in the midst of COVID-19. Successful applicants received personalized action plans based on local economic conditions and business goals. Each participant used a £1,000 grant for equipment and services necessary for their new business model. Enterprise Nation provided six hours of free support per business along with access to a nationwide network of fellow entrepreneurs facing similar challenges.

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London Borough of Tower Hamlets, GB

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United Kingdom

Southampton City Council, GB and Barclays open UK-first Network Eagle Lab for startups and scaleups

The Network Eagle Lab is a converted warehouse near city offices with co-working spaces and offices. Members can access production tools like 3D printers and laser cutters along with on-site prototyping assistance. Partner organizations like AccelerateHER and CodeBase offer mentoring by experienced entrepreneurs. The Demo Directory matches investors and investment-ready startups. Barclays connects Southampton startups to initiatives like the Funding Readiness Programme.

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Southampton City Council, GB

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United Kingdom

Glasgow City Council, GB supports connections between startups and investors with new platform

Glasgow built its Tech Ecosystem Platform using Dealroom. The Dashboard displays statistics on verified startups, investors, and employees in the city region. There are also bar graphs of investment rounds and job trends back to 2010. Platform users find collaborators and investors with industry-specific curated content or filtered searches. An Investment Heatmap highlights Glasgow's path to £2.6 billion in startup value with annual investment figures for 26 industries.

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Glasgow City Council, GB

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United Kingdom

Sugar Land, TX Office Retention Incentive Program offers alternative to headquarter relocations

City council members unanimously approved the program for regional and corporate headquarters of national companies. Successful applicants receive $6,000 per job based out of the headquarters. Eligible companies are current leaseholders in Sugar Land with at least 50 full-time employees. The city also requires incentive recipients to invest at least $1 million in new construction or office renovations.

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Sugar Land, TX

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United States

Gladstone, QLD publishes Australian-first Economic Transition Roadmap toward sustainable growth

Gladstone worked with The Next Economy on a multi-year engagement of industry stakeholders and residents. The 10-year plan sets benchmarks for Gladstone's evolution into an energy superpower. These goals include diversifying the manufacturing economy and shifting from carbon-intensive processes to hydrogen power by 2032. The Economic Transition Roadmap also calls for proactive upskilling of workers for emerging fields and maximizing the benefits of green energy for community members.

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Gladstone, QLD

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Australia

Wichita, KS promotes procurement opportunities for small businesses with Work With Wichita portal

Wichita partnered with Qwally on an easy-to-use procurement website for local businesses. Work With Wichita includes guides on starting new enterprises, registering as city vendors, and invoicing for contracted work. There is a database of past and current bid opportunities available to portal users. This website also promotes the Emerging Business Enterprise certification, which guarantees faster payments and improved Request for Proposal scoring for recipients.

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Wichita, KS

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United States

Devon County Council, GB spurs improvements in adult math skills with Devon Multiply program

Local businesses and organizations can access council grants for adult math literacy projects. Project funding ranging from £20,000 to £250,000 per applicant covers training expenses. Devon Multiply targets three areas: math for employment skills, engaging oft-overlooked community members, and Maths Champions training within organizations. Approved projects focus on county residents aged 19 and over who fall at or below Grade 4 in GCSE Mathematics.

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Devon County Council, GB

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United Kingdom

Kotka, FI Meritontit program rewards new residents with virtual plots of the Gulf of Finland

The Kotka Meritontit - Sea Plots - initiative attracts new residents to the port city. Every new resident through September 2023 receives their own Meritontit. Digital plots connect newcomers to their new homes while displaying interesting facts like wave heights and the names of passing ships. The program website highlights local attractions and the benefits of living in Kotka. Municipal officials plan an event for all Meritontit holders to get to know each other and their community.

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Kotka, FI

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Finland

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