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.

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City life of the future

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Prognos is part of the consortium of the BMI programme Model Projects Smart Cities (MPSC).

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Technology & Innovation Centre for Hydrogen

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The BMVI wants to promote an innovation and technology center for hydrogen. Prognos and its partners are evaluating the concepts of four German regions and investigating their feasibility.

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How effective are EU support programs for innovation in SMEs?

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The EU offers a wide range of innovation support for SMEs. Together with partners, Prognos investigated the extent to which the EU funding programs achieve their goals.

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Study on smart specialisation in Germany

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Prognos determined the current implementation status of the Regional Innovation Strategies for Smart Specialisation (RIS3) in Germany for the EU Commission.

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ZDF Germany Study 2019

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On behalf of ZDF, we examined the external living conditions for families and senior citizens in Germany's 401 districts and independent cities.

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Integration: Strengthen cooperation between districts, associated municipalities & cities

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For the Robert Bosch Foundation, Prognos conducted a workshop with integration stakeholders from districts, municipalities, and cities.

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Impact Area Analysis Regions Düsseldorf-Kreis Mettmann / Rheinisches Revier

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The impact analysis outlines the spatial links between the two regions.

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Rail Link between Colmar und Freiburg

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A renewed rail link between Freiburg and Colmar via Breisach could transport between 3500 and 5900 passengers per day. This is the result of a feasibility study carried out by Prognos and Setec.

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Work Landscape 2025

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The "Labor Landscape" study series has been providing an overview of the development of labor demand and labor supply in Germany since 2008.

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Prognos Zukunftsatlas® 2019

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How well equipped are Germany's districts and cities for the future? Who is ahead in the ranking, who needs to catch up? The Prognos Zukunftsatlas 2019 provides answers (in German).

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Dr Olaf Arndt

Vice Director, Head of Region & Location

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Fabian Malik

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