Business Friendly and Investment Ready Cities Report

This report highlights the importance of business and investment climates as tools for investment and job creation as city economies seek to return to growth. It illustrates how business-friendliness and investment-readiness can foster economic development, create new jobs, and attract capital to cities. Despite the growing importance of business and investment climates in cities, the report notes that there is currently no standard definition of “business-friendliness” and “investment-readiness” in a city context. To remedy this, the report provides a comprehensive set of criteria and essential outcomes for business-friendly and investment-ready cities, and proposes a new definition for both concepts.