- Industrial and commercial tradition
- Located at the Heart of Catalonia, de facto capital of Central Catalonia
- Service facilities hub
- Communication axis
- University and technology
- Learned and friendly city
- Founding city of Jesuit company, end of Saint Ignatian Pilgrims Way
The city of Manresa, with a population of 75.152 (2017) and a surface area 41,66 sq km, is located in the heart of Catalonia, nearby Barcelona. At the crossroads of two rivers and three strategic communication axes in Catalonia, Manresa has an industrial and commercial tradition. It’s the capital of Bages County (175.095 inhabitants) and it plays a very important role of capital status of a wider territory (over 300.000 people): the so-called Central Catalonia. Due to the industrialization process, the urban development and the growth of population, Manresa has consolidated as a commercial center in Central Catalonia.
The city center offers a wide variety of local commercial establishments, which coexist with new trends of commercial distribution in the sorroundings.
In the past ten years, some touristic projects have been boosted with the aim to diversify our local economy and to foster economic growth and new labor opportunities for citizens, especially in the Historical Centre. The main resource is the cultural and physical heritage from Saint Ignatius of Loyola, who lived in Manresa for a while and, inspired by our city, wrote the famous Spiritual Exercises and founded the Jesuit Company.
Manresa is a great provider of services in fields as health (3 hospitals), education (4 universities in a shared campus), local and regional administration, research centers (Technological Centre of Manresa and Technical University of Catalonia) and enterprises’ services.
One of the main objectives of the local authorities of Manresa and private institutions is to concentrate public & private efforts to boost cooperation between the administration, the universities and research centers as well as private stakeholders in order to become an important innovation and business hub.
- Participation in the European project called UrbanWINS (Urban metabolism accounts for building Waste management Innovative Networks and Strategies) – HORIZON2020 Program acting as a pilot city in which the assessment is being carried out using an urban metabolism assessment and participatory methodologies with the aim of improving waste prevention and management in European municipalities.
- Member of Eurotowns – European network of 17 medium-sized cities, candidate to become European Union cities of excellence, that wants both to contribute to the achievement of the Europe 2020 objectives and to the achievement of global challenges.
- Member of ACTE – European Textile Collectives Association.
- Member of the Network of Cities and Villages towards the Sustainability (Catalonia).
- Member of the Catalan Council of European Movement (Catalonia). With the support of this association, we organize activities together to get the EU closer to citizenry.
- Member of NetwercH2O – international network which fosters, supports and improves the application of sustainable practices in the use of water at regional and municipal level.