The challenges

By 2050, 70% of the world's population will be living in cities. Clean water, sanitation, waste management and energy services are key challenges that must be addressed today to improve quality of life in the future.

Local authorities face a number of significant challenges in preparing our cities for the future while managing them in the present.

For cities and towns to thrive in the future they must develop a sustainable approach to management and growth particularly in the area of public utilities such as waste, water and energy.

City and county managers need to create an attractive environment for people and businesses. People need to feel that they live in a good environment. Businesses need to know that they are investing in the right location.

To achieve this local authorities need to deliver high quality services that deliver for their customers while carefully managing day-to-day costs. Long term investment in strategic infrastructure needs to be balanced by a return on investment and meeting increased environmental regulation.