The strength of a region’s economy is closely related to its productivity, growth rate, competitiveness, export volume, capital size and the quality of the workforce. In order to strengthen the regional economy in İzmir, we aim to increase efficient and high value-added production.
With this purpose, we are working to strengthen the infrastructure, human resource as well as the cooperation between public institutions, the private sector and civil society organizations. We prepare regional plans to increase innovation and technology based production, entrepreneurship as well as the export of value-added products and services, we then conduct activities in line with these plans.
The interactive Izmir innovation Ecosystem Network Analysis can be utilized in analyzing the relationship between regional instiitutions and organizations and the services they provide.
The strategy prepared in cooperation with İzmir Institute of Technology (IYTE), encourages the transformation of İzmir into a knowledge society and a smart city.
In 2015, we applied to the Civil Society Dialogue – IV Regional Policy and Coordination of Structural Instrument Grant Scheme, which is financed to support the dialogue between Turkey and European Union civil society organizations, within the “Economic Development Models and Analytical Tools” priority. The project titled Adding Value to the Future was awarded a grant.
Adding Value to the Future Project aims for experience exchange with local actors and capacity building in developing the local value chain through clustering policies and tools.
In the case of the Industrial Ventilation, Air-Conditioning and Refrigeration Cluster, among the project outputs are: conducting a value chain analysis with a unique methodology and to generate policies to increase the competitiveness of the cluster and to implement these policy proposals.
With the implementation of the project, which aims for experience exchange between İzmir and the Piedmont Region in Italy, the objectives of the İzmir Clustering Strategy, work program and regional plan will be implemented and the sustainability of the study will be strengthened through the application of the model developed in other sectors.