Improving infrastructures in industrial estates and economic activities areas
During the period 2011-2015, the AMB's economic development services have focused on policies to promote economic activity via support services and by supporting new investment. The objective has been to lay the foundations for economic recovery, to advance the metropolitan area's economic assets so that new economic activity and new jobs are generated when the economic situation allows.
In parallel, the metropolitan administration has incorporated into its programme of investment activities –which during this term has exceeded 418 million euros– needs related to metropolitan economic projection, so that any investments in infrastructure and urban improvement take into account the positive impacts generated from promoting growth and the economic fabric.
The AMB has, under the Metropolitan plan to support municipal councils, stimulate economic activity and quality of life
, approved a Programme to improve infrastructure and competitiveness of industrial estates and areas of economic activity. The objective was to improve infrastructure and services for industrial and economic activity locations in order to facilitate the activity of established companies and to encourage new companies to set up there.
This programme has allocated 30 million euros for financing up to 70% of the cost of projects presented under invitations to apply on a basis of competitive bidding. The aim is to multiply the impact of the investment made into the metropolitan area and to kick-start employment and boost the network of small and medium-sized companies in the metropolitan area that have produced most of the projects financed.
During this term, activities have also been implemented aimed directly at creating jobs, such as the Plan to support social policies
, which has allocated 30 million euros to finance projects to directly create employment, strengthen local employment networks, and improve employability conditions. This plan has enabled the financing of 117 projects and the hiring of more than 3,800 people.