As experts on urban issues, cities and the Creative Class, we develop and craft content, marketing and community engagement initiatives. Utilizing one-of-kind global data and measurements, we advise companies on locational investment strategies and consumer targeting. Our approach centers on the research of the urban theorist and CCG founder Richard Florida, a world-renowned thought leader on issues such as economic competitiveness, demographic trends, and cultural and technological innovation. CCG specializes in a wide range of research and planning techniques that guide understanding of the creative economy and competitive strategies for growth in the creative age. We partner with a select number of organizations, offering the customized research, tools and advising needed to maximize competitiveness and greater economic prosperity.
Urban tech is one of the biggest and most important fields for venture capital-backed high-tech startups. As a sector, urban tech goes beyond smart cities, being comprised of emerging industries like ride-sharing, co-living, co-working, bikes and scooters, food delivery, real estate and property tech, and construction tech. According to our analysis, the urban tech sector attracts more venture capital funding than major high-tech fields like artificial intelligence, biotech and cryptocurrency. Download report.
Philadelphia’s transformation over past two or three decades has been nothing short of remarkable. I’ve seen it with my own eyes, over the arc of my career as an urbanist. Philadelphia has long been one of my favorite cities. Having grown up in New Jersey and having gone to college at Rutgers, I’ve been visiting and tracking the city since the mid-1970s. I saw it in perhaps its most hard-pressed days and cheered on the stunning revival of its downtown area over the past decade or so. I’ve been visiting even more now, as a result of this inaugural Philadelphia Fellowship, sponsored by Drexel University, Thomas Jefferson University, and the University City Science Center, where I have been working with local stakeholders and academics to benchmark where the city stands on key metrics and to develop strategies for more-inclusive development for the future. Download report.
Denver has reached an inflection point. Just a few short decades ago, businesses and people were abandoning the city for the suburbs. Downtown and the neighborhoods adjacent to it were on the downswing and hollowing out. Denver was not unique in this by any means. Cities across America experienced economic decline, and many lapsed into an urban crisis of disinvestment, dysfunction, mounting crime, and fiscal stress. But with Denver’s urban transformation has come a new urban crisis of its very success. This is far different than the old urban crisis of decline and dysfunction: this crisis is manifest in increasing challenges of gentrification, housing unaffordability, and economic division. Download report.
Talent is the key factor in the success of cities, regions, and nations in today’s knowledge-driven economy. This study, a product of the Miami Urban Future Initiative, takes a deep dive into Miami’s skill base these issues using data from the U.S. Census American Community Survey and other sources, comparing the situation in Greater Miami—the tri-county region consisting of Miami-Dade, Broward, and Palm Beach Counties—to the 53 largest metro areas in the country.
A conversation with sociologist Alejandro Portes about his new book: Is Miami a global city, or a superstar Latin-American city? And is it going to sink? Miami is a uniquely enigmatic city. Despite threats of climate change and sea-level rise, it continues to attract residents and real estate investment, with gleaming new towers dotting its skyline. Though home to dozens of billionaires, the city has drastic income inequality.
The world is abuzz with talk of a mobility revolution. This encompasses new modes of transportation, from ride sharing and electric cars to bike sharing, scooters, and even self-driving cars. But how much of that is hype, and how much is reality? In Greater Miami—as in much of rest of the country—the vast majority of people still depend on their cars to get around.
Greater Miami has many things going for it: beautiful weather, a thriving economy, and a unique, international culture. Also known as the Miami metro, the tri-county region that spans Miami-Dade, Broward, and Palm Beach counties is the nation’s eighth-largest metro. With an economic output of $300 billion, it’s about the size of Singapore and Hong Kong. The region is attracting people from the U.S. and abroad and boasts a foreign-born population three times larger than the U.S. average.1 Its renewed downtown skyline is filled with gleaming new high-rise condos and office towers. And its rapidly growing startup ecosystem is one of the 10 largest in the U.S. and among the top 30 or so in the world.
Miami’s downtown skyline is dotted with construction cranes, as endless new condos and apartments are built throughout the city. But the new construction is misleading: Greater Miami—the tri-county metropolitan region spanning Miami-Dade, Broward, and Palm Beach counties—faces a severe crisis of housing unaffordability that stems from the dual problem of high housing costs and low wages.
With Amazon’s search for its second headquarters or “HQ2” finally over, it’s time for Greater Miami to get back to the business of building its own economy. The fact that Miami was selected as one of 20 finalists out of the 238 cities that applied to the original request for proposals reflects the tremendous strides the region has made in the economic development arena.
The Miami Metro—which spans Miami-Dade, Broward, and Palm Beach counties—has quickly ascended the ranks of global powerhouses. In 2017, Miami ranked 30th on A.T. Kearney’s Global Cities Index, just behind Frankfurt and Dubai.1 With its enviable location, prominent international airport, and major port, Miami now serves as an economic and financial hub for Latin America and a gateway to Europe and the rest of the world.
The Miami metro—which spans Miami-Dade, Broward, and Palm Beach counties—is an aspiring hub for entrepreneurship and innovation. While Miami has long been a breeding ground for small businesses, the economic value of these businesses has historically trailed behind that of leading tech hubs like the San Francisco Bay Area, Austin, Seattle, and Boston-Cambridge. But the tide appears to be turning in Miami’s favor.
The Miami metro—spanning Miami-Dade, Broward, and Palm Beach counties—has grown at a stunning rate over the last five years. Today, Miami’s population gains outpace those of Los Angeles, San Francisco, Boston, and Washington, D.C. But does this influx of residents translate into sustained and shared economic growth?
Talent is a key driver of advanced economies. Highly educated and skilled individuals drive income, wages, and economic growth in cities and metros across the globe. As Miami aspires to the ranks of leading global cities, how does its talent base stack up? The following research brief from the Miami Urban Future Initiative provides a data-driven assessment of the Miami metro’s talent base, comparing its performance in recent years to all 53 of America’s large metros with populations of more than one million people.
Greater Miami has experienced remarkable economic success in recent years. The metro area—which spans Miami-Dade, Broward, and Palm Beach counties—is now the eighth-largest in the United States, with around 6.1 million residents and economic output that exceeds that of many nations. As a symbol of Miami’s dramatic growth, its downtown has been stunningly transformed into a bustling area featuring new restaurants and hotels, an expanding cluster of startup companies, and a twenty-first century skyline of high-rise offices and condo towers. Download report.
In this report from the joint Miami Creative City Initiative of Florida International University (FIU) and the Creative Class Group, we take a deep dive into Greater Miami’s foreign talent base. Our research evaluates Miami’s foreign-born talent in comparison to all 53 large metros with populations over one million. Greater Miami—specifically, the Miami metropolitan area, which spans Miami-Dade, Broward, and Palm Beach counties—turns heavily on global talent. As this report will show, Miami is more dependent on global talent in the form of immigrants than any other US metro, with the exception of San Jose. This is true of both the high-skill foreign talent that comprises Miami’s creative and knowledge-based industries and the less-skilled immigrants that staff its core tourism, hospitality, and real estate industries. Download report.
In this latest release from the joint FIU-Miami Creative City Initiative of Florida International University and the Creative Class Group, we take a deep dive into the creative economy of the Miami metropolitan area or Greater Miami, which spans Miami-Dade, Broward and Palm Beach counties. Our research evaluates Miami’s Creative Class in comparison to the 53 large metros with populations over one million, as well as all 382 metros in the U.S. We begin by analyzing nine key occupational groups that make up the Creative Class: science, computer and math, arts and media, architecture and engineering, business and finance, law, education, management and healthcare. We then identify where the majority of Miami’s creative workers live, as well as the areas of strengths and weakness in Miami’s creative economy. The conclusion outlines a series of strategic recommendations for improving Miami’s creative economy and transforming the region into a more inclusive creative hub. Download report.
Worked on research, strategy, speaking and advising for LE collective, part of Beyond Luxury Media Ltd‘s to target the high-end travel market. They believe in building passionate communities and dynamic forums where travel innovation and artistry are discussed and celebrated.
Our leading research has shown that skills and occupational categories provide key insights into demography that income and education alone do not. The highly-paid professionals who are the largest market for luxury travel mostly work in occupations that require original thinking; as such they fall under the broad rubric of the “Creative Class.” This two year engagement provided Le collective and their members with research, global, economic and demographic trends to better understand their audience. Download report.
Buenos Aires has been through a lot of transformations in its history. It started as a colonial outpost in a rural hinterland and grew into the industrial, financial, and commercial capital of a nation. Now, as Argentina enters a new period of stability, prosperity, and growth, it is shaping up as a leader in the post-industrial creative economy. Like every big city, Buenos Aires faces vexing challenges, among them poverty and brain drain. Fortunately, it has an incredible set of assets in its great universities, a government that is prepared to make the investments in quality of place that it needs—and most importantly of all, a diverse, dynamic, and highly-creative citizenry. If any global city is well-positioned to make the most of an Art Basel Cities, it is Buenos Aires. Download report.
With generous support from Florida International University, the Creative Class Group has undertaken a multi-year study of Greater Miami’s ascent as a global, creative city. The study is organized around a detailed, data-driven analysis of its economy and talent base, alongside focus groups with its business leaders and other key stakeholders. This report – the first output of the FIU-Miami Creative City Initiative – enumerates the Greater Miami region’s substantial assets and strengths but also addresses the significant challenges facing the region as a global city in the 21st century. Download report.
Prepared for the Honorable Mayor Nir Barkat. Today it is the Creative Class driving the new global economy. Jerusalem’s ability to attract and retain this Creative Class will determine its competitiveness within the global hierarchy. In this report, CCG assesses Jerusalem’s existing creative economy, its strength relative to comparable cities and opportunities for its expansion. This chapter concludes with recommendations for Jerusalem officials as it positions the city for growth into the 21st century. Download report.
The militarization of the U.S. borders, though officially open to Canadian and Mexican trade, administered by the U.S. Customs and Border Patrol, has created impediments that slows down the passage of people and goods, significantly limiting both the quantity of bi-lateral trade and the informal interactions between citizens that are so productive of entrepreneurial company formation. CCG set out to understand the economic and social/cultural challenges posed by excessive border friction, to reframe the narrative about the border, demonstrating how it can be utilized to promote economic and cultural development, and to offer a set of concrete recommendations for improvements. Download report.
Prepared for the Government of Yukon Department of Economic Development. Seeking a clearer understanding of Yukon and Whitehorse’s places in the creative economy, the Government of Yukon engaged the Creative Class Group to examine and assess the Territory’s creative assets. Half a century ago, if someone predicted that almost 7,000 of the 37,000 people who live in Yukon today would have jobs that turn on ideas rather than physical skills, few would have believed it. Most people would have taken it for granted that as remote a region as Yukon would make its livelihood from mining, timber, and furs—from extraction, as a transportation nexus, or a military base. And yet Yukon not only has a significant creative class presence, it is larger in proportion to its population and growing faster than the creative class in Canada as a whole. Download report.
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