Potential for New Export-oriented Production for Big Cities With a High Quality of Life – Focus on North America

This study explores what lessons can be learned from the experience of North American cities with respect to the development of new opportunities for export-oriented production that are compat-ible with a high quality of life in metropolitan regions. To this end, six case studies on North American metropolitan regions marked by a high level of economic development and a high quality of life were conducted. These case study metropolitan regions were Atlanta, Boston, Montreal, Pittsburgh, San Francisco and Seattle. The current report synthesizes these case studies, provides a data-based comparison of the respective case study metropolitan regions with the Vienna metropolitan region and discusses a number of experiences from which the city of Vienna could potentially learn.