Accessibility: direct accessibility to the major network of pan-European and national communication routes (by road, rail, water and air)
Economic functions: economic facilities at high technological level, flexible (secondary sector, productive, socio-cultural and computer services)
Equipment/facilities level: by ensuring a potential for hosting/receiving functions and equipment whose importance, quality and capacity meet European standards/requirements:
University education, within the international, national and local systems, in the following domains: humanities, economics, medicine, technology, agriculture, arts, theology. All the higher education establishments also have 3-year colleges. The universities have their own related facilities (accommodation, cafeterias, sports grounds etc.). High-school education is concentrated here in a proportion of 75% of the total per county. Vocational and technical high-school and post-high-school education (training foremen and skilled workers) is mostly concentrated in the city of Iasi, because here it can find the necessary facilities and equipment.
Health facilities, most of them concentrated in the city, provide services for a large area. The demand, depending on specialities, extends from city area to county area, to the Moldavian region. The culture, art and religious (ecclesiastic administration) and sports facilities of interest for the region are concentrated in the metropolitan area.
Financial, banking and insurance activities, mostly concentrated in the city of Iasi, become area-interest activities, which is not necessarily an advantage, but it increases the attraction force towards these businesses, and implicitly towards the city (the Romanian Commercial Bank, Raiffeisen Bank, the Romanian Development Bank, Banc Post, the Ion Tiriac Commercial Bank, Finansbank Romania, Transilvania Bank, Alpha Bank, ABN Amro Bank).
Other activities of interest to the area, with offices in the city of Iasi are represented by the following institutions: the Army Recruiting and Records Bureau, Army units, the Court of Law and the District Attorneys Office, the County Police Headquarters, the County Fire Brigade and others.
Around the city of Iasi, tourism is developed in the wooded areas of Paun, Repedea, Bārnova to the South of the city, and within city limits at Ciric, Breazu, Cetatuia. The route on DN 24 going out of Iasi towards Pietraria - Poieni - Schitu Duca is considered as especially scenic. The same as appreciated for its scenic value is the forest in the commune of Dobrovat. An important attraction, the forests, which have, apart form their scientific interest, recreation and leisure functions, and lie within the accessibility range of the city: Ticau - Brāndusa - Cārlig (312 ha), Breazu - Munteni (71 ha), Dancu (11 ha), Valea lui Darie (22 ha), Mārzesti (110 ha), Vulturi (21 ha), Vānatori (198 ha), Ciric (252.2 ha), Dorobantu (48 ha), Aroneanu (305 ha), Uricani (107 ha), Galata (90 ha), Paun (2725 ha), Bārnova - Pietrarie (183 ha), Poieni (1166 ha), Vladiceni - Tomesti (80 ha) and Valea Lupului (118 ha). The rivers Bahlui, Jijia and Prut enhance the attractiveness of the area and, together with the array of lakes and fisheries are focal points for those who like fishing. Also attractive are the areas designated for hunting (mallard, coot etc.) on the Jijia and Prut riversides, as well as around the man-made lakes at Ciric, Ezareni, Aroneanu, Tansa - Belcesti, Podu Iloaiei etc. The main recreation and leisure lakes in the influence are: Dorobant (70.00 ha), Aroneanu (23.00 ha), Ciric I, II, III, (30.00 ha), Ciurbesti (154.00 ha), Rediu (15.00 ha) and Ezareni (47.00 ha). Within the city there are a few leisure areas known nationwide: the public gardens on the Copou Hill the Botanical Gardens, the Trade Show Gardens, the Copou Gardens, the Agricultural University Square.