Strasbourg has put itself forward as a key European laboratory
The city is:
- European: through its history, its institutions, its geography and its economic future,
- Entrepreneurial: a centre for creativity, for risk-taking and for actions, which together create the ideal conditions for economic development
- Experimental: a thriving hub for research and innovation, with a tried and tested system for value creation and the transfer of knowledge and technology, the driving force for the creation of innovation-led companies and for experimenting with new technologies and concepts within the region.
- Ecological: the city's outstanding quality of life is based on making environmental considerations a focal point for improvement: an energy climate plan, transport, eco-districts, nature and the city, etc.
- Ethics: a free and open city with a policy of social solidarity, a symbol of human rights and a long tradition of cooperation and partnership.
4 key sectors for driving growth
These 4 sectors will be the main levers for driving the city's economic development, while the traditional sectors of the city's economy also have an important role to play.
Medical technologies and new therapies, including bio-medicines, ICT and healthcare.
The region's competitive clusters, in particular Biovalley, are a driving force for encouraging major industrial groups and research laboratories to explore and meet the challenges of innovation and globalisation. The development of technological platforms and the creation of a centre for medical technologies within the hospital, form a project that is unique in Europe. Strasbourg also offers strong support to the medicinal products, biotechnologies and bioproduction sectors, through the University and also Transgène and Novalix, two companies located within the Innovation Park.
Innovative and multimodal mobilities: multimodal logistics, clean vehicles, soft modes of public transport
Strasbourg is a pioneer in the introduction of soft modes of public transport, such as the tram (the longest network in France), the tram-train, car share and cycling (the city has the largest network of cycle tracks in the country) and lies on the Rhine (it is the second-largest French inland port). The city is setting new standards for experiments with innovation-led and multimodal mobilities, such as the Toyota hybrid vehicle and the Cristal system for self-service public car rental.
The high-end international services sector: international conventions, intellectual property, European public management, financial and services centre
Strasbourg is seat to several major European institutions, including the European Parliament, the Council of Europe, the European Court of Human Rights and the Pharmacopoeia, as well as a large number of embassies and representations. The city is also a major business hub with international business groups such as Bayer, Delphi, Lilly, Heineken and Johnson Controls, while the Urban Community has launched an ambitious development plan to confirm Strasbourg's position as a major centre for the high-end international services sector.
Creative activities: multimedia and applications, cultural production, arts and crafts
The audiovisual and image sector is a major part of Strasbourg's economy – the city is, for example, the seat of the Arte television channel, Eurimages and the European Audiovisual Observatory, while the Pole Image Alsace has a network of 425 companies and 20 research teams and offers 30 University degree courses. Strasbourg offers a comprehensive support structure for the development of creative enterprises and is a major cultural production centre, also offering high level training courses for artists and performers.