Regional Strategies

Value chains are becoming more regional.

Even in the era of globalization, regions and local communities remain the central engine of a country's economic development. Accelerated by the Covid-19 crisis, structures of value creation are being rethought everywhere in the world – resulting in more regional structures. At the same time, local communities, such as urban areas, municipalities, countries and regions find themselves in an intensifying competition to attract industrial investments, skilled workers and innovations.

In order to reap the rewards of sustainable economic growth, regions must face up to the challenges of knowledge-based structural change and future-oriented regional development. Attention to those challenges is key, if regions want to sustain their positions in the long run.

Future strategies for urban areas, counties and regions

What makes business locations future-proof and sustainable are tailor-made concepts for regional development and the measures and projects derived from them. Fundamental to strategy development is a baseline analysis; in order to answer the question, "Where do we want to go?", first we must ask the question, "Where do we stand?". Urban areas, municipalities, counties, chambers of commerce and business development entities must be able to answer these questions.

Future-proof concepts for both structurally weak and high-growth regions make up the strategic framework for target-oriented further development. It ties together activities and measures from different partners and makes the need for regional action, and the funding that goes with it, clear to national and regional decision makers. The Prognos Future Atlas® provides important guidance on risk and opportunity assessments of locations by providing regional and national comparisons.

Regional Strategies: A selection of our services

We offer insight into regional developments. Thanks to our targeted analyses and years of experience, we develop strategies for how to handle the most pressing challenges.

Regional Economic Analyses and Forecasts

We provide regional economic analyses and forecasts, adapted to the problem at hand and firmly rooted in our one-of-a-kind Prognos models.

Risk-Opportunity Profiles

The Prognos Future Atlas® (Prognos Zukunftsatlas® 2019 [in German]) is our tool for coming up with risk-opportunity profiles of locations to carry out regional and national comparisons. The updated database behind the Prognos Future Atlas® analyses local structures and their corresponding economical structures.

Mission Statements and Project Management

Drafting mission statements and regional development strategies and strategies for the future, and the support that goes with them, are just as key parts of our portfolio as project development and management.

Skilled Labour and Innovation Strategies

We provide forecasts for skilled labour potential at the regional level and strategies, plans for commercial space as well as land management, growth strategies for knowledge-based regional development and the development of regional innovation strategies.

Strategic and Organizational Consulting

We carry out strategic and organizational consulting for local and regional business development.

Our work on this topic

Take a look at our latest projects and activities.

European Cluster Conference 2022

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Dr Jan-Philipp Kramer and Lennart Galdiga inform in Prague about the competence centre "NRW.innovativ" and represent the European Cluster Collaboration Platform.

Innovation & Technology Centre for hydrogen

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The BMDV (Federal Ministry for Digital and Transport) wants to promote an innovation and technology centre for hydrogen. Prognos and their partner evaluate the concepts of four German regions and conduct feasibility studies.

Just Transition Platform Meeting: Coal Regions in Transition

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Dr Jan-Philipp Kramer speaks at the fifth Just Transition Platform Meeting.

Circular economy potential for rural development

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Equal living conditions in the city and in the country are a federal government goal. We are looking into how the circular economy can contribute to this for the Federal Ministry for Housing, Urban Development and Construction (BMWSB).

Accompanying the Circular Cities and Regions Initiative

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The CCRI focuses on the implementation of a circular economy in European cities and regions. Prognos is supporting the initiative as a project partner in the associated Coordination and Support Office.

Support of the Just Transition Platform to the Green Deal

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Through the Just Transition Platform, the EU supports countries in achieving their climate goals. Prognos helps manage this platform with analytics and knowledge management.

Saarland StrategyPlus 2021-2023

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On behalf of the Saarland State Chancellery, we have assisted with the update of the Saarland innovation strategy and have prepared the strategy paper, “StrategyPlus 2021–2023".

European Regional Development Fund: Evaluation of RTD-Investments

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Evaluation of investments in Research & Technological Development infrastructures and activities supported by the ERDF from 2007 to 2013.

Digital hubs promote start-ups in North Rhine-Westphalia

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The hubs are designed to contribute to the development of a digital start-up ecosystem in North Rhine-Westphalia. They have achieved this, as our evaluation for the region's Ministry of Economic Affairs shows.

Digital model regions in North Rhine-Westphalia

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The state government of NRW has selected five model regions where digitalisation is to be promoted. Prognos and partners will provide scientific support for the programmes.

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Your contact at Prognos

Dr Olaf Arndt

Vice Director, Head of Region & Location

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Fabian Malik

Project Manager

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