OECD Regional Outlook 2014
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OECD Regional Outlook 2014

Regions and Cities: Where Policies and People Meet

Regions and cities are on the front lines of many challenges faced by OECD countries today, from education and jobs to health care and quality of life. Getting regions and cities "right", adapting policies to the specificities of where people live and work,  is vital to improving citizens’ well-being. This second edition of the OECD Regional Outlook aims to help countries do just that. Part I describes the main trends and challenges today. Part II has a special focus on cities, looking at public investment, urban framework policies, and rural-urban issues. Part III presents a Policy Forum on the future of cities, with five contributions from distinguished authors and policy makers. Part IV offers profiles of regional development in all 34 OECD countries.

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The latest wave of federal regional development agencies includes the addition in 2009 of two more (for a total of six): the Federal Economic Development Agency for Southern Ontario and the Canada Northern Economic Development Agency.

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