The Göteborg Region Association of Local Authorities
The Göteborg Region is a knowledge intensive region distinguished by rapid growth and fast development. The growth in the region is based on the knowledge industries and the two universities with more than 60,000 students.
To meet tomorrow’s global challenges, the region has recently adopted a unique long-term strategy designed to achieve sustainable growth as well as a comprehensive program to deliver the strategy. The plan has been approved by all 13 municipalities in the Göteborg Region and forms the basis for overall regional planning.
One of the most important core targets is to increase Göteborg’s commuting and labour market region. One prerequisite for such growth in the region is the further development of the city centre of Göteborg, the core of the Region. The program also envisages ongoing migration into the region.
Today, the Göteborg Region has 950,000 citizens, and the aim is to create an integrated commuting and labour market region with a population of 1.5 million inhabitants by 2020.
The core city centre should be strengthened with homes for 30,000 new inhabitants and commercial space for 40,000 new jobs.
Right photo: Göteborgs stads/Flygare Palmnäs
The Göteborg Region Association of Local Authorities (GR)
The Göteborg Region Association of Local Authorities (GR) is a co-operative organisation uniting 13 municipalities in western Sweden. Combined, the population of these municipalities is about 900,000. The task of the association is to promote co-operation over municipal borders and provide a forum for the exchange of ideas and experience within the region. GR focuses on such issues as: regional planning, environment, traffic, welfare and social services, competence development, education and research and works closely with Business Region Göteborg which is the common resource for trade and commerce issues in the Göteborg region.
GR has since 2002 commenced a constructive dialogue, around important regional issues, between the executive board and the member municipalities based on the common vision of sustainable development. The consultation rounds have resulted in strategies on sustainable growth and regional structure development but even a long-term strategy for public transport. GR collaborates with local, regional and national authorities and organisations, e.g. Västra Götand Region that coordinates the regional development in a wider territorial context.
GR contributes towards long-term sustainable development in the member municipalities. Such development covers three basic and mutually dependent dimensions – the social, the ecological and the financial.