1. Volgograd — a city with a strategic outlook
Volgograd has developed and implemented a unique Strategy of Socio-Economic Development for period ending 2030, which has also become a strategy of public accord by combined efforts of the municipal authorities, population, and business, and which aims at accelerating the city’s progress and advancing it to a leading position among other cities with millions-strong population. Economic basis of the strategy is the emphasis on stimulating the development of innovative businesses that are competitive in the new economic conditions, diversification of the existing structure of industrial production, technical and technological upgrade of production capacities, and development of cooperation between big business and the small and medium-sized companies. In October 2017, Volgograd’s Strategy of Socio-Economic Development till 2030 became a finalist in the contest of cities–capitals of the subjects of the Russian Federation in St. Petersburg, sharing the final with Kazan, Tomsk, and Perm.