The new Dortmund - space for change
Dortmund is the gateway to the Rhine-Ruhr region and, with its population of 600,000, a metropolis in western Westphalia which in turn boasts a total of 18 million inhabitants. Dortmund is a city of medium-sized companies, technology and services but still has a strong industrial core. And: the new Dortmund is one of the most dynamic cities in the new German economy and a rapidly growing location for new technology. The City of Dortmund Economic Development Agency provides the impetus with strong partners at their side: with broad acceptance, the strengths of the City, business and science have been pooled to form a unique network which also incorporates cooperation strategies within the local region.
Innovative concepts and skillful location policies have turned the city into a flagship model for Germany. Companies in the future-oriented sectors of information technology, micro/nanotechnology, logistics and increasingly from the bio-medicine and robotics fields are all settling here. Dortmund has made a name for itself as an innovative location for science on a national and international scale: the technologies of tomorrow are developed here today. Knowledge-transfer really works in Dortmund; the development of university courses and research institutions, the intensive exchange between the universities, research establishments and the highly qualified training provided for up and coming professionals create a great innovative potential for the future-oriented sectors here.
Dortmund is also much appreciated as a town well worth living in. The city center is the town's visiting card - over 600 shops, restaurants and cafés occupy the area within the line of the former medieval city walls. The historic heart of this 1100 year old imperial and Hanseatic City has become the urban core of a modern city. Up to 100,000 people stroll through the pedestrian zones each day and pass the time of day in the new and old city squares. Dortmund also counts as one of the greenest large cities in Europe. Almost half of the urban area consists of gardens and parks, meadows, fields and woods. Great store is set by sustaining and developing natural spaces here.