Yan'an Economic and Technological Development Zone, formerly known as the Yan'an Industrial Science and Technology Park, Yan'an Yaodian New District and the Yan'an Yaodian industrial park, officially changed its name as the Yan'an Economic and Technological Development Zone in April 2011. It started construction in 2005 and was approved by Shaanxi government in July 2008 as a provincial-level development zone. “One zone, three parks” Model is put into practice, with planned coverage up to 70sq km. By the model, YETDZ falls into Yaodian (main body), Ansai and Ganquan Industrial Parks which occupy 60sq km respectively.
The infrastructure within the planning scope of the first phase, including roads, water supply, power supply, underground pipe work and other basic infrastructure, has been completed, reaching the situation of "seven accesses and site leveling”. Until now, the development zone has attracted more than 61 enterprises, of which 35 ones have started producing, including industries like advanced equipment manufacturing, bio-pharmaceutical, Agricultural and sideline products deep processing, biomass energy, characteristic light industry and so on. Yan'an Cigarette Factory, Shaanxi Auto Group and other backbone enterprises have began to take shape. In 2013, the output value of the YETDZ is 8.318 billion yuan.
By the basic principles of “guidance by planning, infrastructure first, service matching, industrial settlement and mechanism guarantee”, YETDZ is making great efforts to build a multifunctional, beautiful and habitable “economic green valley” and “industrial new city”. It is trying to become the demonstration area that takes the lead of balancing the urban and rural development, and striving to optimize Yan'an's economic structure and promote social and economic development as a new engine.
Through all these efforts, up to the “12th-Five-Year Plan”, Yan’an’s aggregate production output value will be 20 billion yuan with the mean annual growth rate of 46%, including tax and profit 4.5 billion yuan. By the end of the “13th Five-Year Plan”, aggregate production output value will be 60 billion yuan with the mean annual growth rate of 23.5%, including tax and profit 12 billion yuan, solving unemployment of 35,000 with the total population over 100,000. Ultimately, YETDZ will grow into a pioneer and demonstration zone of urban-rural coordinated development.