The State of the Cities report is an independent report on the state of Aberdeen's economy, published annually by the Aberdeen Economic Policy Panel.
Published on 11 November 2020, the third annual report said the continuing transformation of the city should be at the heart of the response to the Covid-19 pandemic.
Positioning the Aberdeen City Region as an attractive place to live, including a commitment to green energy, was described as the key to success in the years ahead. However, the Economy Police Panel Report 2020 also stressed the importance of sustaining a partnership approach, including securing support from both the UK and Scottish Governments.
Key recommendations include:
A new Route Map for the Transformation of Aberdeen the Place, positioning the Aberdeen Region as an attractive place to live by re-imagining of key city centre public and private sector assets, including empty office, hotel and retail property;
The need to continue to develop Aberdeen’s approach to diversification, skills, digital technology, connectivity with other economic centres and infrastructure investment, building on the progress made in recent years before the Covid-19 crisis;
A continuing of the transition to net zero and moving the wider city economy to low carbon activities, including greener travel, enhanced energy efficiency, and provision of accessible and connected green space.