Almería is located in the South East of Spain. The city is surrounded by an arid landscape and a Mediterranean coastal strip featuring many tourist attractions, such as the ancient Alcazaba. The economy of Almería is mainly based on greenhouse agriculture, tourism, and the service sector.

Almería has extensive experience in water efficiency. The city is looking to learn best practices on circular economy, nature-based solutions, and environmental sustainability. 

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Anci Lazio is the Association of municipalities of Lazio region, involving both the City Council of Velletri and the City of Rome. Velletri is situated in the most densely populated part of Rome’s metropolitan area. Rome is the city with the largest urban agriculture area in Europe. 

Anci Lazio is interested in working on urban poverty alleviation and social inclusion of migrants and refugees, as well as in developing sustainable agriculture and building a Food Policy. 

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Overlooking the Adriatic Sea, Ancona is one of the most important ports in Italy. Its economy is based on port and fishing activities, industry, trade, and services. The city was finalist for Italy’s Capital of Culture 2022, highlighting its goal of boosting culture and tourism as economic engines for development.  

Ancona is particularly interested in promoting tourism through positioning and branding strategies. The city seeks to promote urban renewal with projects linked to port and city integration and neighbourhoods rehabilitation. 

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The City of Aurora is the second-largest city in Illinois. Aurora has long been a transportation hub with easy access to Interstate 88, two Metra stations, and a regional airport. It also counts with four Higher Education Institutions,14 business parks, and a 130+ mile fiber network.

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Barcelona is undergoing a third wave of transformation to reclaim and regenerate green corridors and restore biodiversity in the city by developing key high value metropolitan strategic environments for socio-economic revitalization using smart and nature-based solutions. Key urban remodelling and development projects include the Besòs River Plan and 22@.

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The Barcelona Metropolitan Area is the public administration of the metropolitan area of Barcelona and encompasses 36 municipalities. The metropolitan area occupies a strategic position in southern Europe, in the middle of the Mediterranean corridor. This privileged position has allowed it to become the epicentre of the region Catalonia.

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Bari has a solid mercantile and entrepreneurial tradition and is always a focal point in trade and political-cultural contacts with Middle East. The main challenges Bari faces are the redevelopment of the waterfront, the conversion of brownfield into parks and cultural centres, and the enhancement of archaeological and architectural heritage.

Barranquilla is an industrial and port city bordering the Caribbean Sea. It is the capital of the Atlantic department and an economic centre of national relevance. It is indeed the most important economy of the Caribbean regioand has the fourth largest GDP amongst Colombian cities. 

Barranquilla seeks to address issues of urban poverty and regeneration of deprived neighbourhoods. The city is also interested in sustainable agriculture, with a special focus on urban gardens. 

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Belo Horizonte is Brazil’s third most populated metropolitan area. The city recognizes the complicated socioeconomic situation of the city in the aftermath of the COVID-19 pandemic and is actively engaged in fostering sustainable urban development as a recovery strategy. 

Belo Horizonte seeks to promote its Favela 2030 Programme to build resilience and promote development in marginalized and vulnerable communities. It also seeks to collaborate on Digitalization and Food Security. 

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Boston has changed dramatically over the last 50 years. After Boston’s population reached a low point in 1980, residents’ tenacity, complemented by its world-class hospitals and universities, fueled the city’s reinvention into a knowledge economy. Over the past five years, Boston has grown twice as quickly as the nation.

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Bratislava is the capital and largest city of Slovakia with high potential to be an example of smart and innovative solutions for sustainable urban development. It has been strongly committed to SUD and climate change adaptation as city’s historic areas are at risk from the impacts of extreme weather events.

Bratislava will continue to cooperate with Tokorozawa to integrate urban ecology viewpoints such as the role of green infrastructures into urban planning.

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Busan Metropolitan City is the second largest city in the Republic of Korea and is one of the busiest port cities in the world, renowned for tourism and culture. A Smart City National Pilot City, Busan boasts considerable experience in smart city, mobility, and transportation.

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Cali is strategically connected to the Pacific coast through the Buenaventura port and to the municipality of Yumbo, which is an important industrial center. Cali is considered a key national economic center, especially for its industrial sector and agri-food production. The city also has a dynamic service sector. 

Cali is interested in sustainable and strategic planning regarding housing, public services, mobility, urban infrastructure, and public spaces. It promotes climate change management at the local level and rural-urban integration. 

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Christchurch is the country’s second-largest city by urban area population. Historically a dominant economic activity, agriculture has been complemented by a rise in scientific and technology-based industries. One of Christchurch’s major initiatives is the development of wellbeing-focused collaborations and approaches supporting individual, community, and business resilience in response to disaster.

Colleferro and Latina are located in the southern area of the Region of Lazio in central Italy, being Lazio the second region of Italy for GDP produced (about 11% of the national total) and among the 20 most important regional economies of the European Union (1.3% of the total).

Established in 1893, Da Lat is the political, economic and cultural centre of Lam Dong Province, located on Lam Vien plateau in the Central Highland Region of Vietnam, about 1,500 meters above sea level. It has historical, cultural and architectural heritage, hillsides and different flower and organic vegetable farms all around.

A service-based city, with an emphasis of commerce and tourisms, lying on the coast of the Bay of Biscay. Awarded to European Capital of Culture 2016.  Local Action Plan against Climate Change has been implemented with focus on energy efficiency, renewable energy use, rational use of resources and waste management.

Increasing urban resiliency would be an area of common interest for Donostia-San Sebastian, Lugo, and Toyama, encompassing a wide area of policies such as: energy efficiency; climate adaptation; and sustainable urban planning.

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Dortmund is the third-largest city in North Rhine-Westphalia, and the eighth-largest city of Germany. Dortmund is a city very much influenced by structural change. Over the last few decades, the region has been transformed from the most important industrial location in Germany to become a region of service-oriented knowledge.

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Dublin is the capital city of the Republic of Ireland and is located on the coast. Its rich history and culture showcase its resilience over the years; it can be considered a city of opportunity and possibility. Dublin aims to become a sustainable city that is environmentally and socially equitable.

Eixo Atlántico is a cross-border association of 39 municipalities from Galicia (Spain) and North of Portugal with almost 30 years of experience in joint local development. It drew up the first urban agenda of an urban system in Europe, a good practice transferred to the Intermunicipal Community of Terras de Trás-os-Montes (CIM TTM).

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The region is home to the largest economy in the Caribbean and is mainly based in health services, logistics, construction, energy, tourism, and pharmaceutical and agri-food industries. Its capital city Barranquilla is one of the largest ports in the region. 

Atlántico seeks to improve competitiveness and innovation capacities amongst its economic clusters, through RIS4 and 5.0 Industry strategies. It is also interested in energy efficiency and resilience.

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Bacau needs to attract new investments for the future. A partnership between local and central public sector is necessary for the growth of the private sector and the generation of sustainable jobs. Currently, Bacau County is facing a demographic decline and a significant part of workforce doesn’t generate added value.

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Castilla y León is Spain’s largest region. Agriculture is its major economic sector but it also has an important industrial fabric, with food and automotive as the main sectors, and focuses on the development of a knowledge-based economy, promoting such as the aerospace industry, renewable energy, health biotechnology or TICs.

Chihuahua is the largest State in Mexico and accounts for 12.6% of the country area. The State is one of Mexico’s most important industrial hubs, as around 90% of local businesses and employees work in export manufacturing industries.

Chihuahua seeks to advance its manufacture industry, particularly in the aerospace, technology, electronics, or automotive sectors. It is interested in RIS4 and in developing innovation and research centers. 

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Colima is home to the third most important port in Latin America and the most important commercial port in Mexico. Its economy is mainly based in tradeand features important development clusters in the knowledge economy, logistics, agri-food industry, mining, energy, construction, and tourism. 

Colima is interested in digitalisation strategies oriented towards sustainable regional development and sustainable agricultureIt also seeks to improve its management of natural resources and its energy efficiency. 

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Krapina-zagorje County’s economic activities are the production and processing industry, trading, and construction, with potential for IT, transportation, tourism, and sustainable agriculture infrastructure. It is focusing on smart village and smart city development approach, designing and implementing a digital transition strategy, and enabling interconnection between government, academia and private sectors.

La Libertad is the third most populous region in Peru. It possesses great development potential due to its important natural resources, its strong industrial vocation, and its varied tourist attractions. The regional economy is mainly based on agriculture and the manufacturing sector. 

La Libertad seeks to adopt innovation and sustainability as guiding principles for the development of tourism and agroindustry. It expressed interest in developing Industry 5.0 strategies in the manufacturing sectors.  

Mendoza’s economy is based on an important ecosystem of industries and services, mainly linked to food production and agriculture. Its strategic location in MERCOSUR facilitates foreign trade and economic growth. In addition, Mendoza is internationally renowned for its wine industry and beautiful landscape. 

Mendoza is interested in Regional Innovation Strategiesdigital transformation, the diversification of its productive matrix, and knowledge services. It also focuses on sustainability through water management and energy transition strategies. 

Piura is the second most populous region in Peru, and it is one of the most vulnerable territories to “El Niño”. The regional economy heavily relies on extractive activities in the primary sector. The region was one of the top agro-exporting regions in Peru in 2020. 

Piura is interested in sustainable agriculture, hydrobiological and fishing industries, and food value chains. It also seeks to develop tourism and culture to promote Piura as a creative region. 

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