Institute for Economic Development of Ourense Province (INORDE)
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Institute for Economic Development of Ourense Province (INORDE)

The Institute for Economic Development of Ourense Province (ES) is a local institution subordinated to the County Council of Ourense Province (NUTS3) in the Galicia region (NUTS2). It is responsible for the economic development of the Ourense province, which takes into account environmental and social aspects for the sustainable development of the province. Ourense province (approx. 350.000 inhabitants, 7.500 km2) is predominantly rural and an important economic sector is tourism, due to the magnificent nature of Ourense (mountainous, 3 natural parks and 1 natural site/monument) and rich cultural heritage (mainly Roman heritage). 99,96% of enterprises in Ourense Province are SMEs and there is strong need to support their development and to ensure an environmental-friendly activity which preserves the environmental richness of the province.

As regards SMEs and entrepreneurship policies, INORDE supports the Ourense County Council to develop and implement policies related to SMEs issues. It cooperates with chambers of commerce, entrepreneur confederations, associations of provincial employers and universities. It also provides private firms with information and assistance services relating to start-ups, the possibilities of obtaining granting and technical support in projects.

Till June 2011 there was one more region participating in the project – Veliko Tarnovo Municipality from Bulgaria.

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