Thursday 13th March 2014
10h30 – 12h30
Recognized as one of the “FDI European cities of the Future”, the city of Ghent has proven to be the most attractive investment location in Belgium. As a pocket-sized metropolis, Ghent can compete with larger European business centers. This is also shown by the fact that the city recently took the lead in the number of transactions of office space in Flanders. Also 2014 will witness a number of important logistic, industrial, office, retail and housing developments that will come to the real estate market in Ghent.
Today, the city is looking even further ahead and drafting a new urbanist scheme for the future developments up to 2030. Top speakers will explain what “smart urban development” means, and how can the city can develop for further growth and investments. Also the role of new technology development and logistics in a smart city will be covered.
- Daniël Termont, mayor, city of Ghent
- Mathias De Clercq, vice-mayor and alderman of economy, entrepreneurship and the port, city of Ghent
- Tom Balthazar, deputy mayor for urban development, housing and green spaces
- Filip Watteeuw, alderman of mobility and public space, city of Ghent
- Freddy Mortier, deputy vice-chancellor, Ghent University
- Geert Versnick, chairman Development Agency East Flanders and vice-governor in charge of economic affairs, spatial planning, external relations and European projects