FDI - European cities and regions of the future 2024” released by the Financial Times division “FDI Intelligence”.

FDI Intelligence, the Financial Times foreign investment specialist division, published the "European Cities & Regions of the Future 2024" report on the attractiveness of cities and regions in Europe. Emilia-Romagna ranks 5th among the large European regions for its FDI (Foreign Direct Investment) strategy. To create a shortlist for the report, the division of the Financial Times assessed as many as 330 European cities divided by population size into five groups — major, large, mid-sized, small and micro cities — as well as 141 European regions divided into three groups — large, mid-sized and small regions. Everything was ranked by performance across five subcategories: economic potential; business friendliness; connectivity; human capital and lifestyle; and cost effectiveness. The Invest in Emilia-Romagna service, managed by ART-ER on behalf of the Region, was responsible for the presentation of the assets and the regional strategy.

Emilia-Romagna ranks 5th in the "European Cities & Regions of the Future 2024" report

The regional vision to attract FDIs relies on qualified employment, innovation, sustainability, integration with regional supply/value chains. Overall objectives include ecologic and digital transition and are shared in the Pact for Climate and Labour signed in 2020 by 55 regional stakeholders. Specialised clusters collaborate with the innovation ecosystem: we are the 1st Italian region for innovation (RIS 2023), and our advanced manufacturing keeps together mature clusters and new perspectives (EVs, Aerospace, Data Valley, GreenHydrogen). A new regional law is focused on attraction and retention of talents, while universities and training institutes are connected with business. The regional law for the “Promotion of Investments”, in accordance with the new S3 Strategy, keeps on boosting R&D investments ensuring reliable time-frames. Access to international markets is another key asset (1st Italian region for export per capita). The Invest in Emilia-Romagna contact point is ready to facilitate and support the investments along with a collaborative business-oriented Public Administration.

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