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Technology and Innovation Drive the World’s Most Dynamic Cities

Asian and U.S. cities dominate JLL’s Global City Momentum Index


​​The cities in JLL’s (NYSE:JLL) fourth annual City Momentum Index (CMI) of the world’s most dynamic cities share the ability to embrace technological change, absorb rapid population growth and strengthen global connectivity.  Cities in India, China and Vietnam, along with several in the U.S., head the list of the world’s fastest changing cities.

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"With more than half the world's population currently living in cities, a proportion that is expected to grow substantially over the next few decades, the success of our cities takes on great importance," noted Jeremy Kelly, JLL Director in Global Research.

"The CMI highlights that, despite various political upheavals and ongoing economic uncertainties, many cities continue to show impressive dynamism. Keys to their success are the agility and openness that enable them to adapt quickly to each new wave of global change."

Technology continues to be a major driver of momentum in the world's 30 fastest-changing cities. These cities provide fertile environments for innovation and successfully integrate into global networks, often outperforming their national economies.

Highlights of the CMI Top 30 include

  • Asia Pacific cities comprise half the top 30 fastest-changing cities. India has taken over from China as home to some of the world's most dynamic cities. Six Indian cities feature in the CMI Global Top 30, with the country's primary technology hub, Bangalore (1), moving into the top spot for the first time.
  • 'Established World Cities'1 integrate technology into their existing economies and leverage their established strengths to draw top talent. These cities include London (6), New York (14), Paris (17) and Los Angeles (27). While London has fallen from the top spot, (a position it held for the past two years), it has remained remarkably resilient following the Brexit vote, retaining a top 10 ranking.
  • High-tech excellence helped push 'New World Cities'2 further up the Top 30. These cities, which include Silicon Valley (3), Austin (7), Boston (9), Seattle (20), San Francisco (21) and Raleigh-Durham (24) in the U.S.; Melbourne (12) and Sydney (16) in Australia; and Dublin (28) and Stockholm (30) in Europe, are supported by robust infrastructure, a favorable quality of life and transparent business practices, which boost momentum and real estate market activity.
  • A shift into high-value activities helped drive momentum in 'Agile High-Value Emerging Cities.'3 Standouts include megacities such as Shanghai (4) and Beijing (15) and technology hubs such as India's Bangalore and Hyderabad (5) and China's Shenzhen (22).
  • Dynamic labor markets help fuel some 'Emerging Megacities,'4 such as Chennai (18), Manila (19), Delhi (23) and Mumbai (25). However, this group faces significant infrastructure and quality of life issues, with high levels of inequality, congestion and pollution hindered by weak city governance.
  • Low costs, rapid consumer market expansion and high levels of foreign direct investment (FDI) characterize 'High Potential Cities',5 such as Ho Chi Minh City (2) and Hanoi (8) in Vietnam, as well as East African technology hub Nairobi (10) in Kenya.

    The 134 cities covered by the CMI were assessed using 42 variables including recent and projected changes in city GDP, population, corporate headquarter presence, commercial real estate construction and rents. Other factors included education, innovation and environment.

    To learn more about JLL's CMI, please visit JLL's Cities Research Center.

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About JLL

JLL (NYSE: JLL) is a professional services and investment management firm offering specialized real estate services to clients seeking increased value by owning, occupying and investing in real estate.  JLL is a Fortune 500 company with, as of December 31, 2015, revenue of $6.0 billion and fee revenue of $5.2 billion, more than 280 corporate offices, operations in over 80 countries and a global workforce of more than 70,000.  On behalf of its clients, the company provides management and real estate outsourcing services for a property portfolio of 4.0 billion square feet, or 372 million square meters, and completed $138 billion in sales, acquisitions and finance transactions in 2015. As of September 30, 2016, its investment management business, LaSalle Investment Management, has $59.7 billion of real estate assets under management. JLL is the brand name, and a registered trademark, of Jones Lang LaSalle Incorporated. For further information, visit www.jll.com.

JLL has over 50 years of experience in Asia Pacific, with 34,000 employees operating in 92 offices in 16 countries across the region. The firm won 15 awards at the International Property Awards Asia Pacific in 2016 and was named number one real estate advisor in Asia at the 2015 Euromoney Real Estate Awards. www.ap.jll.com