The Platform for Regional Development in Switzerland

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  • 2008 - ongoing

  • Client

    State Secretariat for Economic Affairs (SECO) and Federal Office for Spatial Development (ARE)


    Inhabitants of rural areas in Switzerland.

    Key Partners

    State Secretariat for Economic Affairs (SECO)
    Federal Office for Spatial Development (ARE)

    Every industry has – consciously or unconsciously – its own knowledge system. Individuals and institutions with specialist expertise and practical experience are linked to each other, held together by common interests and areas of responsibility. This is also true for the regional development scene in Switzerland. At the project and program level, our knowledge system includes the New Regional Policy (NRP), European Territorial Cooperation (ETC, incl. Interreg, ESPON, URBACT) and, since 2016, coherent spatial development (agglomeration policy (AggloPol) and policy for rural and mountain areas (P-LRB)).


    With regiosuisse, the Confederation pursues the goal of retaining knowledge regarding regional development and tapping and processing the implicit knowledge and completing it with the explicit knowledge.

    Since 2008, regiosuisse has been supporting people active in regional development with knowledge and network management. Through our offers, we create and disseminate knowledge and help to develop networks among the actors. The regiosuisse offers are financed by the State Secretariat for Economic Affairs (SECO) and since 2016 also by the Federal Office for Spatial Development (ARE).



    seecon is a member of the management team and is responsible for the knowledge communities, training, conferences, and the research network. In specific, we carry out the following activities:


    Explore and discover

    • We collect, generate, and communicate information and practice-relevant technical and methodological knowledge in the subject area of “regional development”.


    Co-create and design

    • With knowledge communities, we want to tap into the existing wealth of knowledge and experience, develop it further and make it available to a broader circle. In addition, we offer different exchange platforms with relevance for the NRP, Interreg and coherent spatial development or support such platforms in their conception, implementation, and moderation. These include, for example, exchange meetings within the framework of the “Digitization” platform, the “RIS Network” and the sessions of the NRP/Interreg conference of experts (FSK) of the cantons.



    • We organise continuing education events within the framework of “formation-regiosuisse”, which impart practice-relevant technical, methodological, and experiential knowledge in the field of regional development. The individual formats (courses, national conferences, etc.) are geared to regional developers’ different needs and required competencies and provide opportunities for the exchange of knowledge and experience.



    Let’s work together!

    Do you want to build a platform for knowledge exchange, or are you planning further education in the field of regional development? Contact us!

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