About the cluster
The Sharon Authorities Cluster is a voluntary association of cities that was established at the end of 2019, with the aim of promoting a regional concept and strategic cooperation between its member local authorities, and promoting the quality of life for the residents of the region.
The Association of Cities in the Sharon Authorities cluster brings together 15 municipalities in the Sharon region:
- Regional Councils: Drom Hasharon, Lev Hasharon
- Local councils: Jaljulia, Kochav Yair – Tzur Yigal, Kfar Bara, Kadima – Zoran, Tel Mond.
- Municipalities: Hod Hasharon, Tira, Taybeh, Kfar Yona, Kfar Saba, Kafr Qasim, Qalansawe, Ra'anana
The population of the cluster is over 500,000 inhabitants on an area of 260,000 hectares.
The cluster was established as part of the Ministry of the Interior's clustering project, which began in 2013, and since then, 12 regional clusters have been established from the Galilee finger in the north to the Arava in the south. The clusters were established in order to overcome barriers in the municipal sphere in Israel, while attempting to create responses to regional challenges and needs, to identify opportunities and to lead economic and social changes that will benefit the authorities and improve the quality of life for the residents of the cluster.
The Cluster's Vision
The Sharon Authorities cluster is a regional cooperative network that will serve as a lever for sustainable economic development of the cluster authorities and its residents. A network for pooling and developing knowledge and regional services, to achieve efficiency and savings, promoting a regional community based on trust and mutual partnership.
- Creating a regional community that supports the authorities and provides residents with a response at the regional level.
- Creating a regional economic and business infrastructure.
- Representation of the authorities as a single body vis-à-vis the various government ministries to promote regional interests
- Reducing the gaps at the economic, social and cultural levels between the cluster authorities
Opportunities at the regional level
Both in Israel and around the world, there is a growing trend of regional cooperation of neighboring authorities that come together in order to promote the entire region, costing the quality of life of the residents. It is clear that there are areas and issues in which such cooperation can generate opportunities and bring benefits to these authorities, including:
- Regional economic development and the creation of regional growth engines.
- Taking advantage of economies of scale, pooling resources, peer learning and making services accessible in order to reduce economic and social gapsbetween authorities in the cluster, thereby improving the quality of life of the residents in the entire region.
- Economic savings and efficiency thanks to joint tenders, consolidation of services and the creation of purchasing power and bargaining that allows achieving a better level of service at a more attractive price.
- Responses to regional challenges that cross the authorities, which require pooling resources, an auzer strategy and cooperation of various bodies in the region.
- Promoting a regional agenda, multi-sectoral connection and social cohesionby creating a regional strategy and promoting a unified policy, by pooling all the regional actors and real cooperation – enabling joint work interfaces, unique and sustainable solutions, and influencing the public agenda.