Home to 2.71 million people, Greater Manchester has a unique model of governance within the UK that enables more unified urban management in areas including skills development, transport, and economic development. Although its economy and population continue to grow, the city is challenged by pronounced poverty and joblessness. City leadership hopes to grow the urban economy by focusing on employee skills training and the promotion of an enterprise culture to challenge social norms that foster dependence.

Greater Manchester faces an environmental challenge in the form of rainfall flooding, which has the potential to disrupt government services and damage crucial infrastructure. Deprived communities living in flood risk areas are at the greatest risk, and already face a growing economic burden in the form of higher insurance premiums. Greater coordination among local authorities has increased the city’s ability to respond effectively to emergencies, while partnerships with public and private stakeholders have helped the city better identify the potential impacts of climate change.

Shocks and Stresses

  • Aging Infrastructure
  • Disease Outbreak
  • Economic Shifts
  • Hazardous Materials Accident
  • Overtaxed/ Under Developed/Unreliable Transportation System
  • Pronounced Poverty
  • Rainfall Flooding
  • Terrorism

Snapshot of Greater Manchester

  • 2,700,000

    population as of 2014

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