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With one of the largest agro (horticulture), marine and bio-based clusters in Europe, we work together with businesses and knowledge institutes towards a cleaner, more sustainable and future-proof region.
The regional economy of Zuid-Holland is in transition. The port of Rotterdam (Mainport) turns a classic port economy into a knowledge-intensive complex, based on (information) technology, bio-materials and smart services. The horticulture industry (Greenport) innovates, diversifies and focuses on sustainability. The knowledge infrastructure and business services in the urban area of Zuid-Holland are growing and becoming more and more cross-linked and connected to the port and the horticultural sector.
Companies, institutions and local authorities in Zuid-Holland are working together to accelerate this transition. The GDP of the province is around 21% of the total GDP of the Netherlands. Economic actions are implemented on the basis of a common regional economic agenda. Central aspects include better cooperation between companies, research institutions and regional authorities, faster growth of SMEs with large growth potential and stimulate the commercialization of scientific knowledge (valorisation). Besides a regional development agency has been created that focuses on strengthening the international profile and bringing sectors together to generate new, promising cross-sectoral clusters, economic activities and value chains. Together, these activities contribute to the (further) development of region-specific specializations such as: Biobased, Cleantech, Security and Life Sciences & Health which form the main pillars of a clean and future-proof regional economy.