The area was given little attention by the central government until the late 1950’s when plans for moving industrial development out of Madrid began to favour Guadalajara and the Henares corridor. New industries and improved communications (Guadalajara is on Spain’s 3,100km Spanish high-speed AVE trains, the longest high-speed network in Europe) have brought prosperity.
Due to the proximity to Madrid, Guadalajara will play a major role in logistics via national designation as a “Future Transport City”. Impressively 90% of homes have fibre optic broadband. The strategic location of Guadalajara in the corridor of the Henares and economic dynamism, coupled with the fact of being a comfortable city and of medium size, is the main opportunity for the future of the city as a hub of the territory in which it is inserted. Throughout the history of evolution in primary sector it has been marked by progress in agriculture and livestock, both in the traditional way and ecologically, with the latter struggling to put a major dent.