Jerusalem Development Authority (JDA) is a statutory corporation and operates as an NPO under the Jerusalem Development Authority Law 1988. JDA develops, encourages, plans, coordinates and provides information related to entrepreneurship and economic enterprises in the city, and promotes projects that shape the city’s economy and impacts future planning of Metropolitan Jerusalem. JDA strives to balance the public and private sectors and create optimal conditions for private sector development through efficient land exploitation, developing preservation, future planning, and respecting the city’s past and heritage.
In the last 20 years, JDA has promoted hundreds of ventures contributing to Jerusalem’s quality of life, improving the city’s economy and making Jerusalem an international center of innovation, excellence and source of pride to residents. JDA invests major resources in strengthening human capital and upgrading and developing the city’s physical and technological infrastructures.
City Planning: The main tool for bringing economic development. JDA leads planning for the Jerusalem Municipality, ILA, and others in industrial, housing and unique projects with urban impact.
Employment: Developing industry infrastructures and increasing job offers that are vital for Jerusalem’s growth and strength. JDA upgrades existing industrial areas and develops new ones and employment sectors where Jerusalem has a relative advantage.
Business Incentives & Grants: JDA encourages entrepreneurs, companies and technological factories to move, set up and expand their businesses and enjoy a range of benefits and grants. Jerusalem is the only central Israeli city with Development Area A status, enjoying unique tax tracks and benefits. The government and JDA also award benefits as part of a designated government program for Jerusalem.
Bio Jerusalem – Set up to promote a cluster of biomed companies as an economic growth engine. Operates to locate biomed development opportunities, form unique benefits, and stabilize Jerusalem as a biomed city and create cooperation mechanisms between elements of the cluster in industry, hospitals and academia. Jerusalem offers a package of advantages: proximity to research institutes and the scientific community, leading technology and biotech companies, quality human capital, a national and international information transfer framework, and unique economic incentives.
Tourism – JDA strives to develop tourism as a central growth engine for Jerusalem and to maximize the economic potential of the sector and create new jobs. The plan includes developing tourist infrastructure and tourism marketing “products” in the city. As part of these activities, JDA grants incentives to entrepreneurs and companies in the field of hotels and international conferences.
Old City – Jerusalem’s Old City is a global tourism heritage site and tourism magnet for the world’s religions. JDA works to renovate, preserve, develop and maintain the Old City and its surroundings, including renovating sites and monuments, public areas, and the Mount of Olives; developing and improving access to the Old City and building promenades and viewpoints. JDA promotes a statutory plan for preservation and developing private and public spaces. JDA also operates to develop tourism products in the Old City. The government, the Ministry for Jerusalem and Diaspora Affairs, and the municipality have a multi-year investment plan totaling hundreds of millions of shekels.
Park Jerusalem – JDA develops metropolitan parks based on preserving the natural areas surrounding the city and creating leisure activities in the lap of nature. These parks significantly influence quality of life. Park Jerusalem covers 3,750 acres and includes Haarazim Valley, Moza Valley, and the Tzofim Valley and Refaim Valley. The park’s cycle track is part of a 42 kilometer track circling the city.
Eden Central Jerusalem Dev. Co. - Set up by JDA to revive and renew the city center. Main aims are: upgrading infrastructures, renovating city facades, creating accessibility to the center, doubling building space, bringing students and higher education institutions back to the city center, creating anchors to encourage private investment, planning and building quality public spaces, upgrading business operations in the city center and encouraging cultural activities. Eden operates on two levels: promoting statutory programs facilitating denser building alongside building preservation; and upgrading public spaces and creating anchors for growing economic activities.
Culture & Leisure Infrastructures – JDA leads projects to develop new culture and leisure complexes such as the Old railway Station, Railway Track Park, Hansen New Media Center, Design Center and Cinema and more.
Academic City – Jerusalem has quality high education institutes and JDA promotes a venture to: increase the student population from 40,000 to 60,000, expand the link between industry and academia, increase numbers of graduates settling in the city and creating an innovative study experience.
The Cinema & TV Venture – Works to encourage movie and TV series productions set in Jerusalem, and is also involved in creating added-value and economic leverage for Jerusalem productions.
The venture has brought about change and today about 20% of movies in Israel are shot in Jerusalem and feature the city as a subject. In 2008-2013, the venture invested in producing 40 movies and 13 TV series, and developing more than 60 movies and TV series.
The Design Center – Set up by JDA to make Jerusalem an attractive focus for designers and design activities stressing economic, cultural and social aspects. The Center promotes design activities, assists designers, develops design at the Hansen Hospital, and more.