Reggio Emilia is located in northern Italy, in the Emilia-Romagna Region. Its position in the prosperous Po Valley and the renewed tradition of food, cheese and wine products earned it the title of Food Valley. The city is one of the most privileged areas in Italy in terms of standard of living and local services.
The economic fabric of the city is mainly characterised by craft industries or SMEs. Besides the agri-food sector, the most important sectors are the mechanical/mechatronic industry, and ceramics and clothing. The Municipality’s main interests lay in local sustainable development and local adaptation strategies to climate change, social innovation and intercultural dialogue, local action and policies to support SME competitiveness and internationalisation, as well as urban regeneration and renewal.