First network event "Spotlight on Administration"
November 2014 heralded the first event in the "Spotlight on Administration" series held at the Technologiepark Basel. The series of events aims to deepen the canton’s internal network and to talk to employees from the most varied departments of the canton’s administration about their experiences with companies.
From the perspective of the Economic Development Unit, which organised the event, the administration behind Basel-Stadt contributes decisively, through their daily contact with companies, to the conditions that make Basel attractive as a business location.
This was also confirmed by Martin Eichler, Chief Economist at BAK Basel Economics AG, in his input presentation about the most important location factors for companies in Basel, as well as the important role public administration plays.
As a highlight in the programme, Martin Frey, European Head of the lifestyle group Fossil, talked about his experiences regarding the expansion of the company’s European headquarters in the Erlenmatt site in Basel. Basel has been the European headquarters of the American group Fossil since 2004, and the group currently employs 250 people there.
The programme also included a guided tour of Technologiepark Basel, which was subsequently expanded into other areas in the summer of 2014. During the reception that followed, the main focus was on the informal talks between the representatives of the Basel administration.
The Economic Development Unit will continue the series of events this year.
Dr. Fabian Streiff
Head of Economic Development
Phone: +41 61 267 65 05