Take a look into the portcity you are travelling to: as an employee, as a cruise operator or a visitor. Being allocated physically at a waterfront, nearby a region or an airport, successfully run portcities are able to tie in their citizens and business partners and stimulate safety growth wherever possible. Following the concept of ‘ecosystems thinking’, portcities are bounded through social, economic, and political interests.

Successful portcities identify their unique position: being it to serve their constituents and visitors, to operate freight centers, construction and industrial zones, trade networks, to establish scientific transfer networks or to serve as entertainment processing hotspot.

It takes the agreement of the portcity stakeholders: governmental and private, scientific and entrepreneurial, organizational and influencing. An ecosystem in which members intend to improve the current position will win against competitive hubs and be able to enlarge their local footprint. Positively speaking, a hub steered by members with one voice has the chance to empower others and drive innovation. With the legacy of the past and the outlook to a prosperous future, portcities have a realistic chance to sustain and ultimately grow in the market. It is crucial to get to know your counterparts and the strength of your network.

Any of the members look into their contributions, skills and competences and they align, compete and grow jointly. By nature, ecosystems have the ultimate wish to facilitate the collaboration through economic, legal, technical and political frameworks. The underlying aim of an ecosystem could vary from surviving from economic pressure, sustaining the current position to growing and transforming into a new identity. What is the identity of your portcity nearby? Check out your KARSE offerings and start to boost your local economy.