Today, the second meeting of the International Regions Benchmarking Consortium begins in Barcelona.
The consortium was started two years ago by PSRC and the TDA of Greater Seattle, as a way to measure our economic performance against that of our peers around the world. Other regions that are participating are Barcelona, Stockholm, Helsinki, Munich, Dublin, Vancouver BC, Fukuoka (Japan), Daejon (S Korea), Cape Town and Glasgow.
Last year’s first meeting took place in June 2008 in Seattle. This year, 15 delegates from the Puget Sound region are in attendance.
The theme of this year’s conference is Creativity and Talent in an Urban Environment. Today is creativity, tomorrow is talent. I will post as often as our internet connection and our rigorous schedule allow.