Economie071: on top of knowledge
The Economic Agenda Leiden Region is a collaboration of six local authority districts, business associations and educational and knowledge institutions from the Leiden region. Program Bureau Economie071 has been tasked with carrying the agenda out. Implementing the agenda will strengthen the economic structure, innovation push and business climate of the region. Leading to an even better position for the Leiden region both nationally and internationally. This will benefit investment in the Leiden region, creating more work for existing businesses and new jobs.
The Leiden region is famous for its Bio Science Park. 25 Years of cooperation between educational institutions, businesses and local government have led to a thriving business park. Over 18,000 people work there and that number is doubled with suppliers to the region. 13,500 Students are enrolled in education, 6,000 of which focus on life sciences related studies. The park is a huge success, yet based on just one sector. To reduce vulnerability and strengthen economic structure in the region, we are working towards a new supplementary cluster based on the theme Vitality.
The Leiden region has the greatest number of highly educated inhabitants in the Netherlands. They enjoy a pleasant working environment, however the number of suitable jobs needs to be increased. We do this by encouraging entrepreneurship that is based on valuable knowledge. We create a breeding ground and facilitate networks where entrepreneurship and innovation can develop. Places where young starters, talented students and entrepreneurs reinforce and support each other. Working together for economic growth.
Collaboration is crucial for the economic development of the Leiden region. It starts when pupils and students of vocational and university education become acquainted with the rapidly changing labour market for the first time. There is a need for highly educated employees and a wide base at MBO level (mid-level vocational education). Pupils and students must possess entrepreneurial skills. Supply and demand must align perfectly because only then will the Leiden region have the right people for achieving economic growth.
Why do you choose one place to live and not another? You think the area is beautiful or the facilities are good. Perhaps it is close to your work. There are good schools for the children. In fact you are seduced. Businesses choosing a location look in the same way. If there is space available, whether the area has good communications, the living environment is good for the employees, there are good schools, courses and a top university. Whether there are well educated employees available for future growth. The partners of Economie071 work closely together to further improve these issues and to entice more businesses to locate here.
The Leiden region is good and we have much to offer, but this needs to be told. What is our differentiating quality, also in comparison to other growth areas such as the Innovation Quarter and the Southern Randstad? What characterizes the Leiden region? A university that holds the position of 54th in the world? The great health care provided in the LUMC? The large amount of knowledge about greenhouses? The attractive living environment? The fact that the greatest number of highly educated people live in this region? In short: What is the economic story of our region and how can we voice this?
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