The city of 's Hertogenbosch, commonly called Den Bosch, is strategically located in the south of the Netherlands and is the provincial capital of the province of Noord-Brabant. ‘s-Hertogenbosch has about 155.000 inhabitants. It is an attractive city to live in. The historic and vibrant old city and its proximity to nature, add to its authentic appeal. The city is internationally known for its fortified and preserved heritage sites, cultural events and its hospitable and bourgundian lifestyle. New technologies, digitization and data science shape up the new possibilities for the future. And every day, thousands of students study for the jobs of the future at the universities of applied sciences, vocational colleges, schools and labs in ‘s-Hertogenbosch. And I In recent years, ‘s-Hertogenbosch has also become known as the Data City of the Netherlands, with the Jheronimus Academy of Data and the yearly Den Bosch Data Week; attracting new talent, knowledge and businesses to the city. As a Data City, our main focus in the EU-affairs is on economics, talent development and sustainability. The city of ‘s-Hertogenbosch has an office in Brussels within the House of Dutch Provinces on Rue de Trèves 59-61.
The RIS3 strategy of the city falls within the scope of the RIS3 for the south of the Netherlands. 's-Hertogenbosch focuses on the economic and social added value of innovations and sees a major role for SMEs. The city sees data as a strong motor for the economy and therefore stimulates the application of data, digitization and AI in business and society. For example, 's-Hertogenbosch houses the Platform Driven by Data aimed at SMEs and the Jheronimus Academy of Data Science (JADS), which is also an EU Digital Innovation Hub. This makes the city home to an ICT and data ecosystem. The next 7 years, we will primarily focus on 3 ambitions. Firstly, we wish to realise an innovation district in the Spoorzone, which is the area around the main train station and the city centre, This area is turning into a unique meeting place, where synergy emerges between innovative companies employment opportunities, talent and knowledge. Secondly, we will invest in digital skills, talent development. And thirdly, our focus is on how to utilise new technologies, ICT and data to find solutions for current and future social and societal challenges, such as sustainability, health, mobility and culture.