"The Economic Significance of Lower Austrian Clusters"
Wednesday, 15 February 2012
12.30 – 13.30
Office of the State Government of Lower Austria (NÖVBB)
Rue du Commerce 20-22, 6th floor, B - 1000 Brussels
Key words: evidence for impact of regional policy (ERDF Regional Competitiveness and Employment), cluster development, smart specialisation
The Lower Austrian Minister for Business and Technology Dr. Petra Bohuslav andthe Regional Business Agency ecoplus kindly invite you to a business lunch where the results of the survey "The Economic Significance of Lower Austrian Clusters "will be presented.
With this event we are aiming at contributing evidence based results and experiences in regional smart specialisation to the development of EU innovation policy 2013+.
The recent survey "The Economic Significance of Lower Austrian Clusters" carried out by the Economica Institute for Economic Research demonstrates that the overall economic effect triggered by collaborative Lower Austrian Clusters projects, combining both direct and multiplier value added effects, comes to €27.3 million. The total value added effect of Lower Austrian Clusters, calculated as the sum of direct and multiplier value added effects in Lower Austria, rest of Austria, and abroad, is €47.8 million. The total employment effect is 624 annual jobs, also expressed as 560 full-time equivalents (FTE).
Providing facts & figures it shows that the Lower Austrian Clusters, co-funded by ERDF Regional Competitiveness and Employment, play an important role in developing the regional economy and contribute to regional smart specialisation.
The presentation will be followed by a reception.
Based on the Lower Austrian Regional Innovation Strategy ecoplus since 2001 has been developing and managing cluster initiatives in five future industries (green building, plastics, food, mechatronics, logistics) and a horizontal initiative on electric mobility.
At present, over 640 companies and research institutions (520 SME) with overall more than 72,000 employees and a total turnover of 23.5 billion EUR are participating in the clusters. Since 2001 up until today, 345 multi-firm projects have been realized with the help of the cluster management.
The Lower Austrian Cluster Program is co-financed by EU Structural Funds (ERDF Regional Competitiveness and Employment)
Please confirm your participation until Friday 10th February 2012 by e-mail to: firstname.lastname@example.org