Albacete is a city in the Spanish autonomous community of Castilla–La Mancha and the capital of the province of It is one of the most accessible cities across the country. Albacete has five large industrial zones, while the city houses the Air and Logistic Park of Albacete.Discover what we did in IUC
Thematic ClustersRenovation Wave Education, Jobs & Skills, Innovation Centres, Business Clusters
Cross Cutting ChallengesDigital Transition & Smart City Energy Transition & Climate Change
Overlooking the Adriatic Sea, Ancona is one of the most important ports in Italy. Its economy is based on port and fishing activities, industry, trade, and services. The city was finalist for Italy’s Capital of Culture 2022, highlighting its goal of boosting culture and tourism as economic engines for development.
Ancona is particularly interested in promoting tourism through positioning and branding strategies. The city seeks to promote urban renewal with projects linked to port and city integration and neighbourhood’s rehabilitation.Discover what we did in IUC
Founded in 1986, ANCIM represents 35 municipalities of small Italian islands where residents are over 200,000 people combined. The objectives of the association are to overcome the practice of development centred almost exclusively on tourism and make the islands more sustainable both socially and economically.
Thematic ClustersCircular Economy- Waste Management Education, Jobs & Skills, Innovation Centres, Business Clusters Tourism – Culture
Cross Cutting ChallengesEnergy Transition & Climate Change
The City of Aurora is the second-largest city in Illinois. Aurora has long been a transportation hub with easy access to Interstate 88, two Metra stations, and a regional airport. It also counts with four Higher Education Institutions,14 business parks, and a 130+ mile fiber network.
Thematic ClustersEducation, Jobs & Skills, Innovation Centres, Business Clusters Mobility & Transport
Cross Cutting ChallengesDigital Transition & Smart City
Located 150 km from Jakarta, Bandung attracts many visitors from the capital Jakarta and surrounding areas. It is an innovative hub for creativity and entrepreneurship as well as the first Indonesian city that signed the Milan Urban Food Policy Pact (MUFPP) in 2020.
Bandung will pair with Rome of Italy to focus on smart city development. It will share the experience on tourism and culture, urban agriculture and renovation wave.
The Bielsko-Biała functional area is organized around the agglomeration of Bielsko-Biała and Czechowice-Dziedzice. The area is socially and economically active, attracts cutting edge technologies, entrepreneurs and investors. Its main goal is sustainable and permanent development that creates favorable conditions for living, high quality services and access to well-developed technical infrastructure.
Thematic ClustersEducation, Jobs & Skills, Innovation Centres, Business Clusters Tourism – Culture Healthcare - Life Science
Cross Cutting ChallengesDigital Transition & Smart City
Braga has always taken a strategic and central regional role for its privileged geographical location and dynamism, playing a leading role in the region’s economy, culture, knowledge, and technology. Braga has created an environment of innovation and was selected 2021 finalist for the European Rising Innovative City by the EC.
Bratislava is the capital and largest city of Slovakia with high potential to be an example of smart and innovative solutions for sustainable urban development. It has been strongly committed to SUD and climate change adaptation as city’s historic areas are at risk from the impacts of extreme weather events.
Bratislava will continue to cooperate with Tokorozawa to integrate urban ecology viewpoints such as the role of green infrastructures into urban planning.Discover what we did in IUC
Busan Metropolitan City is the second largest city in the Republic of Korea and is one of the busiest port cities in the world, renowned for tourism and culture. A Smart City National Pilot City, Busan boasts considerable experience in smart city, mobility, and transportation.Discover what we did in IUC
Colleferro and Latina are located in the southern area of the Region of Lazio in central Italy, being Lazio the second region of Italy for GDP produced (about 11% of the national total) and among the 20 most important regional economies of the European Union (1.3% of the total).
Established in 1893, Da Lat is the political, economic and cultural centre of Lam Dong Province, located on Lam Vien plateau in the Central Highland Region of Vietnam, about 1,500 meters above sea level. It has historical, cultural and architectural heritage, hillsides and different flower and organic vegetable farms all around.
Eixo Atlántico is a cross-border association of 39 municipalities from Galicia (Spain) and North of Portugal with almost 30 years of experience in joint local development. It drew up the first urban agenda of an urban system in Europe, a good practice transferred to the Intermunicipal Community of Terras de Trás-os-Montes (CIM TTM).
Genoa is the main port in Italy. It hosts headquarters of important companies and research centres. The city also benefits from an important historical heritage and actively promotes cultural tourism as a strategy to transition from an industrial to a knowledge-driven urban development model.
Genoa seeks to promote tourism and culture as engines of social, environmental, and economic development, through a digital transition based on innovation, Smart City policies, and technology.Discover what we did in IUC
The historical core of George Town has been inscribed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 2008. The city’s economy depends on tourism, services sector and lastly manufacturing as a primary source of income.
George Town’s focus is circular economy, waste management, data transition, mobility and transport. George Town would like to explore cooperation with EIXO Atlantico, Maia Municipality in Portugal) and NCI Bologna in Italy.
Metropolis GZM consists of 41 cities and communes with a total area of 2,500 sq km, where 2.3 million residents live, with 240,000 companies and enterprises, generating approx. 8 percent of Poland’s GDP. It is located in the southern part of Poland.
Thematic ClustersEducation, Jobs & Skills, Innovation Centres, Business Clusters
Cross Cutting ChallengesEnergy Transition & Climate Change
Granada is the capital city of the province of Granada. It is a popular tourist destination, world-renowned for its cultural heritage, several of which have been declared World Heritage Sites. In addition, Granada is well known within Spain for the University of Granada.
Granada is taking its first step towards a circular and low-carbon economy and is interested in cooperation on the use of the blockchain technology in waste management.Discover what we did in IUC
Greater Manchester is a metropolitan area and combined authority situated in the Northwest of England. It is the leading metro area in the UK for devolution and is a UK pioneer in public sector reform. The Greater Manchester Combined Authority (GMCA) has responsibilities for economic development, regeneration, and transport.
The GMCA and Osaka are interested in exchange of climate change mitigation policies towards carbon neutrality. Both cities consider possibility to extend their collaboration in other areas such as health, aging, and innovation where appropriate.Discover what we did in IUC
GAM, consisted of 49 communities including Grenoble City, is an urban and industrial area surrounded by mountains, with a rather young and educated population and strong industrial assets in energy and digital sectors. It Seeks for energy transition and economic development through innovation. Its central municipality was selected European Green Capital for 2022.
GAM will continue its cooperation with Toyota on the “production and use of renewable energies”, especially hydrogen, and ways to promote open innovation through diverse stakeholder engagement.Discover what we did in IUC
Thematic ClustersRenovation Wave Mobility & Transport Education, Jobs & Skills, Innovation Centres, Business Clusters
Cross Cutting ChallengesEnergy Transition & Climate Change
The city of Guanajuato, capital of the State of Guanajuato, is part the Bajío region, an important industrial cluster located in the centre of Mexico. The city’s economy also relies on tourism, linked to Guanajuato’s rich heritage and mining history.
Guanajuato seeks to promote tourism around its historic city centre. The city is also interested in collaborating on water management and nature-based solutions (NBS), including the protection of natural areas.
The gateway of Guangdong to the world, Guangzhou Development District has been committed to international cooperation and established trade relations with more than 100 countries and regions. Pillar industries, namely next-generation information technology, automobile manufacturing, high-end chemical engineering, biopharmaceuticals, new energy, new materials, and food & beverage are well developed.
The region is home to the largest economy in the Caribbean and is mainly based in health services, logistics, construction, energy, tourism, and pharmaceutical and agri-food industries. Its capital city Barranquilla is one of the largest ports in the region.
Atlántico seeks to improve competitiveness and innovation capacities amongst its economic clusters, through RIS4 and 5.0 Industry strategies. It is also interested in energy efficiency and resilience.
Attica is the region with the highest GDP per capita in the country. More than 95% of the region’s population is concentrated in the metropolitan area of Athens. The port of Piraeus connects Attica with numerous surrounding islands, making the region an important hub for services.
Attica is interested in fostering the creation of start-ups working on Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs), bio-food, bio-health, agrotechnology, circular economy, and other cutting-edge industries.
Valencia outstands for its international trade, exports, innovation, and industrial development. A region with important industrial fabric, is Spain’s main tourist destination. Ceramics, Agrofood, automotive and textile are consolidated clusters. Strategic industries with great potential, such as ICT, biotechnology, aeronautics or sociosanitary enjoy a perfect framework for their development here.
Bacau needs to attract new investments for the future. A partnership between local and central public sector is necessary for the growth of the private sector and the generation of sustainable jobs. Currently, Bacau County is facing a demographic decline and a significant part of workforce doesn’t generate added value.
Beijing has built the Integrated National Demonstration Zone for opening-up the service sector and the pilot free trade zone, whilst seeking to set up the National Service Trade Innovation and Development Demonstration Zone, the Digital Trade Demonstration Zone and the Beijing Stock Exchange, in order to foster new development pattern.
Innovation and technological development are the backbone of the region’s economic development, which also include activities such as trade, manufacturing, and construction. Cantabria also features archaeological sites dating from the Upper Palaeolithic period. The service sector employs 64% of the active population, highlighting the importance of tourism in the region.
Cantabria is interested in adaptation strategies to the post-COVID 19 pandemic. The region also seeks to upgrade teaching practices and entrepreneurial skills through the digitalisation of the education sector.Discover what we did in IUC
Castilla y León is Spain’s largest region. Agriculture is its major economic sector but it also has an important industrial fabric, with food and automotive as the main sectors, and focuses on the development of a knowledge-based economy, promoting such as the aerospace industry, renewable energy, health biotechnology or TICs.
Central Macedonia’s economy is heavily based on the primary sector and a rapidly growing tertiary sector. It has a consolidated skilled workforce in the food and beverage manufacturing industries. The region also has the potential of becoming a well-established destination for international tourists, as well as an innovation hub.
Central Macedonia is interested in fostering entrepreneurship to create new businesses and jobs. The region also seeks to promote sustainable agricultural practices and to improve agri-food chains and food systems.
Chengdu, located in Southwestern China, is home to world natural and cultural heritage sites and crowned as the best tourist city in China and world’s culinary capital. A China-Europe Railway Express hub, Chengdu is well connected for its electronic information, car manufacturing, food & beverage, equipment manufacturing, and biomedicine industries.
Chihuahua is the largest State in Mexico and accounts for 12.6% of the country area. The State is one of Mexico’s most important industrial hubs, as around 90% of local businesses and employees work in export manufacturing industries.
Chihuahua seeks to advance its manufacture industry, particularly in the aerospace, technology, electronics, or automotive sectors. It is interested in RIS4 and in developing innovation and research centers.Discover what we did in IUC
Chongqing Liangjiang New Area is the first national new area in inland China, a gateway to openness for inland regions. It forms a “2+2+2” industrial system, consisting of 2 hundred-billion-level industries (automobiles and E-information), 2 cultivation industries (high-end equipment and biomedicine), and 2 integration industries (scientific-and-technological innovation and modern services).
The region of Coimbra has invested around 2.14% of its GDP in research and innovation, benefitting numerous economic sectors, including health, biotechnology, ICTs, logistics, forestry, and tourism. Coimbra is welcoming numerous new businesses thanks to its Industrial Zones, Incubators, and Business Nurseries available in the 19 municipalities of the region.
Coimbra is interested in working on agriculture, livestock farming, forestry, and fishing, as well as developing its manufacturing industry. Coimbra also seeks to develop touristic services and attractions.
Colima is home to the third most important port in Latin America and the most important commercial port in Mexico. Its economy is mainly based in trade, and features important development clusters in the knowledge economy, logistics, agri-food industry, mining, energy, construction, and tourism.
Colima is interested in digitalisation strategies oriented towards sustainable regional development and sustainable agriculture. It also seeks to improve its management of natural resources and its energy efficiency.
Dalian is an important port city on the northern coast of China with tourism resources. It has a 2,211-km coastline and is the window opening to the world in the Northeast region. A model city for modern logistics, Dalian connects China to Japan, South Korea, Russia, Europe, America and Asia.
Extremadura is at the core of Spain’s energy transition and decarbonization plans, with the installation of extended solar energy plants. The region is characterized by a rich natural heritage and its economy is mainly based on the tertiary sector, with a slightly less important industrial sector linked to agri-food production.
Extremadura seeks to foster cooperation between the private sector, academia, and research institutions to support RIS4. It is also interested in adapting food and agricultural production to climate change.Discover what we did in IUC
Thematic ClustersRegional Innovation (RIS 4)
Hangzhou strives to develop an open economy and build a key hub for “Digital Silk Road” to strengthen economic ties with European market. Recently, Hangzhou’s cross-border e-commerce model has been widely promoted. Besides, it has launched the world’s first Electronic World Trade Platform, eWTP public service platform, for overseas development.
South Bohemia is rich in natural resources. The diversified manufacturing industry and high-quality research & innovation institutions are its strongest strengths. Agriculture and tourism present significantly. Innovative approaches and smart solutions in agriculture are well-covered in RIS3 strategy. The concept of tourism development states the inclination towards sustainable, low-carbon tourism.
Jinan is a well-connected key city along the new Eurasian land corridors. With the Beijing-Tianjin-Hebei Metropolitan Region to the north, the Yangtze River Delta to the south, Japan and South Korea to the east, and the Yellow River basin to the west, it has a comprehensive network of transportation means.
Krapina-zagorje County’s economic activities are the production and processing industry, trading, and construction, with potential for IT, transportation, tourism, and sustainable agriculture infrastructure. It is focusing on smart village and smart city development approach, designing and implementing a digital transition strategy, and enabling interconnection between government, academia and private sectors.
La Libertad is the third most populous region in Peru. It possesses great development potential due to its important natural resources, its strong industrial vocation, and its varied tourist attractions. The regional economy is mainly based on agriculture and the manufacturing sector.
La Libertad seeks to adopt innovation and sustainability as guiding principles for the development of tourism and agroindustry. It expressed interest in developing Industry 5.0 strategies in the manufacturing sectors.
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