There is a four-year plan in place
Last year, the province of Drethe, together with its partners, developed a new economic plan for the Province, and this week the Provincial Executive now has officially approved this new course.
Over the next four years, the province will focus on creating a strong, smart and green economy with positive economic and social impacts. In addition to attracting companies and creating and maintaining employment levels, more focus will be put on innovations that help to solve social issues; with the ultimate goal of creating a future-proof economy and society.
The plan is structured along three lines: a smart economy, a green economy and an economy with impact, says the Province.
The province wants to encourage companies and residents in Drenthe to make the most of the opportunities offered by an ongoing digital transition of the provincial economy. It is important in this respect that the education and knowledge supply matches the demand from the business community in Drenthe, both qualitatively and quantitatively. There are plans for a University of the North as an addition to the existing educational offer in Drenthe, for instance the IT hub in Hoogeveen.
The current time calls for a transition to a more sustainable economy, says Drenthe. The province wants to encourage companies to produce more sustainably, making less use of plastics and other fossil-fuel derived materials. The province is also committed to a more circular economy, for example in the construction and recycling of plastic. The energy transition certainly offers opportunities for entrepreneurs, for example with new applications for hydrogen.
Provincial Executive Henk Brink: “We want to continue to strengthen our Drenthe economy in this uncertain time of crisis. For now and the future. This new plan offers us guidance and tools to get started. This crisis requires that we continue to anticipate what will come our way in the coming period. This does not alter the fact that the objectives for a strong economy remain intact. Given the current circumstances, the path to it may be different.”