The Difference a Mayor Makes: My Summer in Manchester, England

September 21st, 2017

Maya Terhune

IOC City of Manchester Summer Fellow Maya Terhune

From the inception of its textiles industry, Manchester has been an engine of industry-led innovation, defining the city as a center of economic and institutional development. Manchester’s origin as a pioneer of development influenced its decision to devolve from national government.

With its first mayor and newly-formed Greater Manchester Combined Authority (GMCA), the new Manchester city-region plans to use devolution to address some of the region’s profound problems with education, housing, and transportation.

I was involved in the development of this evidence base in my work with the GMCA this summer. My contributions to the skills and employment team were part of a larger effort to understand how GMCA could best implement change within the school system and what powers it would need to devolve in order to do this.

Learn more about Maya’s time in Manchester here.