The International Regions Benchmarking Consortium is a network of sophisticated city-centered metropolitan regions that find it mutually beneficial to compare and learn from each other through data sharing, in-depth research on issues of common interest, and face-to-face interactions among member region representatives. Members understand that today’s worldwide competition is focused neither on countries nor on individual cities, but on large metropolitan regions that function as individual economic units. Understanding how one’s region is performing compared to others
of similar composition and building networks among each other is vital for
succeeding on a global economic scale.