Dear RLS Partners and Friends!
Connect the best! This is not only a vision. This is what we do in our RLS partnership, which already connects and enhances us for over 20 years now. It means two decades of special friendship and common growth.
As the 10th Regional Leaders’ Summit in Linz had to be postponed due to the worldwide pandemic, we have bundled our power in a common virtual conference in November 11, 2021. Anew strong and smart.
“Smart Regions” is our summits’ topic. A decisive factor for the future competitiveness of each location is how well it succeeds in transforming research into innovative products and services thus ultimately into economic success.
Upper Austria as a smart region consistently focuses on the alignment of politics along the innovation chain education-research-economy, represented by the University of Applied Sciences Upper Austria (FH OÖ), the research management company Upper Austrian Research (UAR) and the Upper Austrian business agency Business Upper Austria (Biz-up).
Smart Specialization is the basis. In accordance with the motto “strengthening strengths, daring new things”, the strategic goals, topics and measures are based on the existing economic structures.
With this brochure we want to show that the term “smart” has already found its way into our daily life, including smart best practice examples to be highlighted. The smart approach runs through all dimensions: “Smart Economy”, “Smart Living”, “Smart People”, “Smart Buildings”, “Smart Governance”, “Smart Environment” and “Smart Mobility”. We want to learn from each other and want to connect each other globally. What we can already say now: The smartest regions will be the strongest regions – and we all want to be top global players.
But we also have learnt one important message from 2020: We not only need to be strong and smart, we also need to be healthy. Healthy of course in terms of a successful economic development. But especially healthy in a medical sense. We also need to work closely together in a way we have shown is possible with our common “Digital Health Initiative on COVID-19“.
Therefore, I wish us all lots of physical health for the upcoming common 20 years to continue our successful way of a strong and smart partnership.
All my best!
Governor of Upper Austria