Development of the metropolis of the South and realization of its tremendous latent potential are among the great challenges currently facing the State of Israel. The consolidation of the State of Israel in the region depends on fulfilling the vision of the Negev in terms of its human capital, natural resources, and land reserves comprising more than 60% of Israel's total land area.
Development of the Metropolis as a Matter of National Interest
The transformation of the City of Be'er-Sheva into a strong socio-economic metropolis is of clear national interest. The vision reveals a southern metropolis, which will, in future, serve 2 million inhabitants, providing them with a broad spectrum of services, including:
- Catalysts for economic growth
- Strong and robust industry
- Extensive and varied employment
- Ground-breaking institutions of higher education
- Innovative R&D centers
- A campus for science and technology
- Development of high-tech and bio-tech
- Israel's international cyber headquarters
- A quality health system
- A rapid and accessible transportation infrastructure
- A rich leisure culture
- Tourist attractions, and more.
Developing such a metropolis will make it possible for the South to become an alternative for young populations from all over the country, and realize Be'er-Sheva's potential as the geographic center of the State of Israel.
The Vision for the Future
Be'er-Sheva's location at a strategic crossroads, in national terms as well as in the context of future international ties and connections, make it Israel's Opportunity Capital; a city that provides quality of life, where all options for growth and development are open.
City Development Vision Incorporates Various Aspects:
Establishing Advanced Employment Centers in High-Tech and Cyber
- Continued development and construction of the Advanced Technologies Park.
- Attraction of the world's leading high-tech and technological development companies.
- Creation of thousands of well-paid, high-caliber jobs.
- Construction of a logistics center for companies, networks and leading businesses.
- Consolidation of Be'er-Sheva's standing as national and international center for cyber.
IDF Move South and Transfer of Military Bases out of the City of Be'er-Sheva
- Establishment of the IDF 'Training Base City' at the Negev Junction and transfer of bases to the Negev.
- Transfer of the elite units of the IDF to the Negev and to Be'er-Sheva, including the Telecommunications Division and elite 8200 (Intelligence) Unit.
- Removal of the Southern Command Headquarters from the Old City as part of the project to preserve the Turkish buildings in the compound, in favor of projects in the areas of culture, arts and leisure.
- Removal of Camp Natan army base.
- The city of Be'er-Sheva will welcome thousands of families of career army soldiers, and as the regional metropolis, will provide services to tens of thousands of families who will be moving to the Negev and to the South.
The Healthcare System
- Soroka Medical Center's life-saving emergency care system (emergency, trauma and operating rooms) will be expanded; 'safe' (reinforced) operating rooms will be set up; construction of the Cancer Research and Treatment Center will continue; a rehabilitation department will be established, as well as a new and 'safe' NICU. All of this will be undertaken while Soroka continues constantly to improve the quality of its medical staff and its use of advanced technologies.
- During the next decade another hospital will be built in Be'er-Sheva, which will serve the residents of Be'er-Sheva and the Negev. This hospital will help provide an answer to the region's growth, including the IDF's move to the south and the expected development of additional towns in the Negev and the South.
Advanced Transportation Network
- Planning and development of a western Be'er-Sheva - Ashkelon rail line.
- Further upgrading of the Be'er-Sheva - Tel Aviv railway line, reducing travel time.
- Extension of Highway 6 to Tsomet Shoket (Shoket Junction - ~16 km. NE of Be'er-Sheva).
- Upgrading the public transport system.
- Establishment of a mass transit project along Rager Boulevard and other central city thoroughfares.
- Construction of a train station in the Be'er-Sheva River Park.
Restoring Water Flow in the Be'er-Sheva River
- Reclaimed, purified water will flow along an 8 km. route in the Be'er-Sheva River riverbed.
- Restoration of the river and the water flow will be implemented similarly to the model successfully implemented in San Antonio, Texas, USA.
- Along the flowing river, tourist sites, water sports and leisure and recreational activity venues will be developed.
Be'er-Sheva River Park
- Continuation of the planning and construction of anchors for tourism, recreation and leisure in the park area.
- A 'Sporteque' complex will be built in the park, covering more than 250 dunam (over 60 acres), which will include sports fields and facilities in various branches of sport (including extreme sports).
- Reconstruction of the Turkish bridge and construction of a well-lit promenade and look-out point.
- Establishment of a train station in the park, near the Park Amphitheater.
Tourism and the Hotel Industry
- The Municipality, together with government offices, is promoting plans to build a tourism and hotels 'quarter' at the southern side entry to the city, adjacent to the Be'er-Sheva River Park. This 'quarter' will provide the answers for the boom of expected tourism in light of the projects and anchor tourism, entertainment and leisure venues existing in Be'er-Sheva alongside those that are planned.
The Negev Park (Hatserim – Be'er-Sheva – B'nei Shimon)
- A large leisure tourism complex and resort, covering an area of 7,200 dunam (1,800 acres). The complex will include projects in the areas of motorsport, tourism, entertainment and recreation.
Higher Education and Academia
- Ben-Gurion University of the Negev is in the advanced stages of developing its northern campus, covering an area of 230 dunam (nearly 60 acres), that will, in practice, double the area of the campus to the north of the city (near the Ramot neighborhood). This is an historic step, which will impact on the character and nature of the university in the 50 years to come.
- This move will strengthen the university, among other things, through increasing the number of students, increasing the classrooms and research labs and integrating well with the process of strengthening the Advanced Technologies Park, the transfer of IDF bases and units to the South, and bolstering Be'er-Sheva as the regional metropolis.