Commissioned by the Ministry of Infrastructure and the Environment, Daan Zandbelt/De Zwarte Hond has completed the Study for the Enhancement of the Competitiveness of Dutch Urban Regions (BVNL). Six regions with a “concentration of economic spearhead industries” were reviewed in detail: South Limburg, Venlo, West and Central Brabant, Arnhem-Nijmegen-Wageningen, Twente and Groningen. In a series of workshops and field trips, together with stakeholders (government, provinces, municipalities, industry representatives, universities and academies) and Prof. Frank van Oort, a number of spatial development strategies were compiled from which targets were extracted. The purpose of the research is to improve regional economies in order to provide an essential contribution to the country as a whole.
The results of the policy survey have been compiled into a publication, From Regional to National, in which all six survey regions are presented in turn. The publication includes a list of major lessons, such as lesson 22: “Higher Vocational Education is a crucial element of regional business climates” and lesson 27: “Spread risks by diversifying”. The full report (in Dutch) can be downloaded here, and the reports for each of the separate regions can be found here. The knowledge and insights provided by the survey are currently being implemented in various national and regional undertakings, including the National Environment View (Nationale Omgevingsvisie, 2018), a number of long-term infrastructure, space and transport (MIRT) projects, the City Agenda, and regional projects and processes.
For more information please contact: Daan Zandbelt