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What we do
Metropolis of the future By 2025, the Amsterdam Metropolitan Area (AMA) will be one of the top three most innovative regions in Europe. Amsterdam will then be celebrating its 750th anniversary. The goal is a smart, healthy and green region. In a rapidly changing world, the route to this objective is unpredictable.
Metropolis of the future
By 2025, the Amsterdam Metropolitan Area (AMA) will be one of the top three most innovative regions in Europe. Amsterdam will then be celebrating its 750th anniversary. The goal is a smart, healthy and green region. In a rapidly changing world, the route to this objective is unpredictable. The Board charts uncertainties and transitions so the region can respond to them flexibly.
We are working together on the metropolis of the future by contributing to five urban challenges. For each challenge, we have projected a point on the horizon. This is where we want the AMA to be by 2025:
– Circular Economy: by 2025, the Amsterdam Metropolitan Area will lead the field in the area of smart solutions for the conservation of raw materials, so that valuable materials can be used more efficiently and for longer.
–Digital Connectivity: by 2025, the Amsterdam Metropolitan Area will be the most important place in Europe for data-driven innovation.
–Health: by 2025, inhabitants of the Amsterdam Metropolitan Area will be able to expect two additional, healthy life years.
–Mobility: by 2025, urban transport in the Amsterdam Metropolitan Area will be zero emission.
–Jobs of the Future: by 2025, the Amsterdam Metropolitan Area will be the most successful region in Europe in terms of utilising, retaining and attracting talent.
By initiating, mobilising and furthering new initiatives within the scope of these challenges and with a focus on innovation, we are working towards the metropolis of the future.
Impact on urban challenges
The Amsterdam Economic Board was founded to strengthen the collaboration between industry, academic institutions and government in the Amsterdam Metropolitan Area. The aim is to improve welfare and increase prosperity in the AMA.
Urban areas face complex challenges, such as the scarcity of raw materials, pollution by emissions, diffuse ownership of data, people developing acute or chronic illnesses at younger ages, and people with diminishing access to the labour market. Solutions to these challenges lead to an increase in growth, innovation and liveability in the region.
We launch joint initiatives, bring parties together to find smart solutions for the challenges, develop new business models, link supply with demand and scale up where possible. When initiatives are sufficiently mature, we hand them over to the private sector.
Another of the Board’s strengths is identifying and removing obstacles, and bringing potentially obstructive regulations to the attention of legislators.
We bring together knowledge and people, and push forward promising initiatives in the region. Change is only possible if you look and think beyond boundaries, by bringing together industry, universities and government at regional level. This generates unexpected encounters and innovations.
The focus is on the most urgent urban challenges and on fields in which we in the AMA have the knowledge, expertise and human resources to make a real difference, and which also offer potential for economic growth. Our point of departure is always the mobilisation of energy, ownership and the capacity for implementation within the Amsterdam Metropolitan Area.
We connect ideas with funders, inventors with implementers and dreamers with realists to put plans into practice and make solutions a reality.