Over the years, rural areas are growing in favor of the industrial sectora sector that finds in these municipalities an ideal place to continue producing on a large scale, favoring the economy of these localities, employment and population establishment which is so necessary in the vast majority of areas.
The effort of these localities to attract projects and investments is recognized in the People of the Year awards, in the section dedicated to technology and digitizationwhich also recognizes the work to support innovation in the business sector. The award in this first edition of the awards has been for Épila.
Épila is a great example of these cases. A town of 4,400 inhabitants where the agricultural sector is declining in favor of the industrial sector, which year after year does not stop grow and create new opportunities for many of the neighbors who live there.
Guissona will build the nerve center of Bon Area in Épila and will employ 4,000 people
In this case, Guissona is the first Spanish food group, by volume of turnover, that will build an industrial and logistics macro-complex in Épila. A new opportunity that will end up giving direct employment to 4,000 people when fully operational ten year term. This agri-food company remains unstoppable with its plans to turn Épila into the nerve center of the expansion of BonÀrea through the center, north and east of the countrythus managing to place this Aragonese municipality in the spotlight of large projects and operations.
In this way, Épila will once again take the lead in the industrial sector, since for many years it was one of the municipalities of the Aragonese community that was most advanced industrially, since it had a sugar factory, an alcohol factory or a distillery for the waste of the sugar beet and a mine in the air in the Serranía de Rodanas.
Currently, this Zaragoza municipality It has two industrial estates, the Valdemuel industrial estate and the El Sabinar industrial estate. Both allow Épila to be able to offer, both to the companies that are already there and to the new ones that want to set up, some very advantageous possibilities for its implementation and growth in the zone. In addition, thanks to a thriving industry in the different productive sectors, it has managed to stabilize a highly skilled workforce and optimize local resources to the maximum.
Rural areas have to grow and seek new opportunities in all sectors. Only in this way will they be full towns, full of basic services and with a great job future in sight for all its current neighbors, the new ones and, above all, for the residents of nearby towns who cannot carry out this development.
Épila, thanks to the efforts of all its inhabitants, has managed not only to be a municipality where the primary sector shines, but also to always go further, trying to grow and become a great a reference town in all sectors for the entire Valdejalón region.
In addition to Epila, the finalists in the category of Technology and Digitization of the Town of the Year 2022 awards have been:
Ayerbe, a Nobel Prize application
Ayerbe is a town located in the Region of the Hoya de Huescain the Aragonese pre-Pyrenees, and only 28 kilometers from Huesca. In this municipality lived Ramón y Cajal, a fact that has led them to make a strong commitment to the digital transformation of the tourism sector. Currently, Ayerbe has a novel apps of augmented reality called Los Sitios Cajal. This mobile application offers visitors a innovative and different experience about the experiences of Nobel Prize winner Santiago Ramón y Cajal in the town. This interactive visit enriches the visitor’s walk through the town, virtually presenting graphic and sound material at each of the points of interest.
Ejea de Los Caballeros, a polygon full of innovation
Ejea de los Caballeros currently has a Scientific and Technological Park in the Valdeferrín Industrial Estate where there are large entities in terms of innovation. The first of these is the Agricultural Technological Centerwhich is responsible for providing technological coverage to the various needs of the agricultural sector and Porcinnova, the high-tech pig incubator. Here is also the most modern of the slaughterhouses and cutting rooms for pigs in the Vall Companys Group, Carnicas Cinco Villas. On the other hand, there is the Aula Dei Science and Technology Park Foundation, which received the Best Practice Award in Spanish Science and Technology Parks for the Porcinnova project.
La Almunia, a lot of training and innovation
In the Valdejalon region is La Almunia de Doña Godina, a town in about 7,800 registered residents that over the years has been adapting to new technologies. This municipality has a very good base, because it has the Polytechnic University School (EUPLA)a public center of municipal ownership attached to the University of Zaragoza.
In addition, La Almunia has recently obtained the distinction of City of Science and Innovationwith which the Ministry of Science and Innovation recognizes the work of municipalities that stand out for their commitment to R+D+i, a more than deserved award.
Zuera, with a view to future growth
Zuera currently has a population of 8,565 people. In addition, it consists of several urban centers: Zuera, the smaller local entity of Ontinar de Salz, the Portazgo neighborhood and the Zuera Sur, Las Lomas del Gállego, El Aliagar and Las Galias urbanizations. Its good location has always played in its favor because it is very close to Zaragoza, through the A-23, to the line of railway Madrid-Barcelona and Zaragoza-Canfranc, and the high voltage power lines. A strategic situation that has allowed set up new industrial companies betting on the improvement of urban mobility, on new infrastructures and on projection plans for the municipality towards the future.
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Épila, winner of the Technological Village of the Year award