A Connections Audit of the Greater Washington Region
A pilot project funded by the Metropolitan Institute at Virginia Tech (2002-2003)
Researchers: Peter Taylor, Rob Lang and Jennifer LeFurgy
Research Assistant: Troy Gravitt
This is a very basic scooping study in which we plan to develop a robust methodology for carrying out a city connections audit.
The basic premise is that the success of a city is dependent on the quantity and quality of its connections with other cities.
A connections audit is an empirical assessment of the external connections of a city, a geographical analysis of a city’s position within the world city network
The laboratory city for this project is the greater Washington area. Partly chosen for convenience, Washington is interesting because its economic prowess within the world city network is frequently under-estimated.
The connections studied are business and financial linkages as indicated by their office networks. These advanced producer services are used because they explicitly locate in cities to dispense their services at a scale greater than a single city region.
There will be four stages to the research:
To lessen the potential number of firms to be considered, the audit will not include local links. To be considered a firm will need to have at least one office outside Washington’s core region (DC, Virginia, Maryland, West Virginia).
The output of the research will be twofold: