The special section “Destino Leiria” is part of the strategic commitment that Jornal Económico has been making in different regions of the country. We want to make known the entrepreneurs, companies and success stories that create jobs and wealth in Portugal. The Leiria Region is an excellent example of a district that contributes positively to the country's development and trade balance, due to the strongly innovative and exporting profile of its companies.
However, the future will demand even more from the Region, its people and its companies. The digital revolution is changing the way we live, work, learn and consume. Leiria will have to make the most of its potential to become a hub of technological companies. To this end, similarly to what has also been done in districts such as Aveiro and Braga, the connection between companies and higher education establishments will be crucial to achieve this objective of creating a small “Silicon Valley” in Leiria. Another decisive aspect will be the ability to attract and retain talent in the Region, combating aging and desertification. Leiria has several strengths, namely geographic location, quality of life, climate and nature. But more is needed to attract qualified young people and in this Special we try to find out how companies, municipalities and higher education institutions face this and other challenges.