Public–private partnership

Investment promotion for the Greater Zurich Area abroad is supported by a foundation organized as a public-private partnership. In addition to the 11 public members, 30+ partners from the private sector and academia currently support the Greater Zurich Area Foundation and the operational Greater Zurich Area Ltd (GZA).


This form of organization not only gives the investment promotion activities higher credibility among foreign companies interested in setting up in the region, but it is also well anchored in the public and business spheres within the economic area. The effectiveness of investment promotion is increased by the expertise of the private partners and access to their networks. Finally, the private partners themselves benefit from networking with politicians and companies in Switzerland and abroad, as well as from the positive perception as partners of the GZA and its commitment to the business location.

The Foundation Board of the Greater Zurich Area Foundation is chaired by Government Councillor Carmen Walker Späh, Head of the Department of Economic Affairs of the Canton of Zurich. The Foundation is the sole owner of the operational Greater Zurich Area Ltd (GZA), which is strategically managed by the Board of Directors.

Public foundation members

The cantons of Zurich, Uri, Schwyz, Glarus, Zug, Solothurn, Schaffhausen, Grisons (Graubünden), Ticino, the city of Zurich and the Winterthur region.

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