The Northern Netherlands comprises the three northern provinces of Groningen, Drenthe and Friesland. The overriding aim of this region is to strengthen the economy of the North. The four large cities in the region – Groningen, Leeuwarden, Emmen and Assen – play an important part in this process.
The economy of the Northern Netherlands depends on innovation. Or, to use the language of the Europe 2020 strategy, smart growth, sustainable growth and inclusive growth. In other words, the development of knowledge and innovation must be combined with responsible use of natural resources, job creation and improvement of quality of life.
The three Northern Provinces have formed clusters in five important areas of knowledge - water technology, energy, sensor technology, agribusiness (bio-based economy) and Healthy Ageing (life sciences). The government, research institutes and business are now actively cooperating in these clusters. The four large cities are coordinating and facilitating concrete projects related to these themes.
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