Increasingly, the most productive way to look at modern urban life is to focus on much larger units of territory, comprising of vast stretches of land and water with collective populations – so called megaregions.
Our member cities and regions know this. As individuals, they are considered relatively small on a global scale. However, combined and connected to each other through the STRING region and the Fehmarnbelt Fixed Link, they reach a geographical area that encompasses approximately 12.6 million people.
Working as one megaregion instead of individual entities means that we can mitigate some of the drawbacks that traditionally come with large cities, such as traffic congestion, air pollution, soaring house prices and social inequalities. Simply put, we are stronger together. This can however only be achieved by improving transport connectivity, which in turn will increase the labour force for the member cities and strengthen each member’s economic and social connections to wider geographical areas. On the global stage “megaregions” offer members increased international visibility and bolsters their position for investment and new business opportunities.
As a region that is continuously growing in terms of populations and employment, the STRING region has a strong potential to develop into a megaregion. We however need a clear vision of what to collectively achieve as a megaregion.
With an emphasis on innovative cross-border working combined with pioneering green technological solutions, we aim to brand our megaregion as a “Green Investment Hub”. Creating an environment for investors who wish to promote and produce green hardware.
Fueled by an increased global demand for environment technologies, the market for green investment will only continue to grow. Together with our members, STRING endeavors to become the frontrunner in green technological solutions that a nation state cannot achieve on its own. We want to create a sort of European green Silicon Valley – fostering an environment where investors bring their means and talented people come to work, and develop green technologies to address the modern urban challenges of today.