Newport begins preparations for a year of milestones

At the Newport City Summit, the city starts to prepare for a series of milestones in 2014, including the NATO summit.

NATO Summit - How will Newport compare to Chicago?

The last NATO summit was in Chicago in 2012. Credit: ITV Wales

Later today the Newport City Summit will meet to discuss how to make the most of the major milestones coming to the city in 2014.

Arguably the largest event heading to Newport will be the NATO summit in September - but how will it compare to Chicago, the last city to host it?

According to reports, the Summit in Chicago helped pump $123m into the city's economy. The event also brought around 2,000 journalists to the area.

Much of the leftover funds have since been earmarked for community projects across Chicago. Many people in Newport will be hoping their city will reap similar benefits.

Newport prepares for important year

A meeting to discuss how to showcase Newport ahead of an important year for the city gets underway today.

The NATO summit will take place at the Celtic Manor Resort later this year. Credit: Barry Batchelor/PA

The Newport City Summit will be attended by a number of the city's important stakeholders, including members of the University of South Wales and Bob Bright, leader of Newport City Council.

The Summit will discuss how the city can exploit a series of important events affecting Newport over the next few months - not least the crucially important NATO summit at the Celtic Manor Resort in September.