ADRAVE – Regional Development Agency – North of Portugal

ADRAVE – Regional Development Agency S.A. was created in the 15th september, 1998, as a cooperative platform between public and private sectors regarding Vale do Ave`s regional territory development. ADRAVE is qualified as an ADR – Regional Development Agency, established by the law-decrete nº88/99 of the 19th march 1999 that defines the regional development agency constitution. So, ADRAVE is a non profit Institution, and pursues a public purpose.

ADRAVE, according to its statutes, has the social objective of promoting the Vale do Ave`s economic, social and cultural modernization, through the project and research development, assuming simultaneously the profile of promoter and motivator to new activities in the region.

ADRAVE, since its creation in 1998, has been taken as a reference organization in the regional development field, especially concerning social and economic territorial development. It took a very important part in the recent development strategy towards the Vale do Ave region, integrating the main European objectives and priority actions regarding the Social Funds into its projects.

ADRAVE has been developing a wide range of projects; however every project has in common the mission to the territorial, economic and human resources development. It has a multidisciplinary team, with high qualifications and professional experience, complemented by a wide net of consultants in different expertise areas.

Due to its work, ADRAVE is nowadays recognized as having an important position regarding a vast range of domains such as: social inclusion; regional economic development; training and employment; territorial marketing; support to the enterprises creation, qualification and development.

ADRAVE – Regional development Agency S.A. has the objective of promoting Vale do Ave`s Economic, Social and Cultural modernization through project and action development meant to introduce corrective factors in the regional economic and social tissue.


Within the mission of promoting the regional development of the territory, ADRAVE has the vision of stablishing itself as a key organization, recognized in Vale do Ave`s territorial modernization, knowledge and social innovation promoter.