Partners and associations
NRW.INVEST is involved in economic development at a municipal, regional and national level in a broad-based partnership and association network. The regular exchange with the associations in NRW and at national level supports the work of NRW.INVEST in location marketing, the acquisition and settlement of German and foreign investors, as well as strengthening locally based companies.
Nearly all of the North Rhine-Westphalian economic development agencies in predominantly municipal or regional ownership belong to the Association of Economic and Development Agencies NRW (VWE). With more than 80 members the association is by far the largest network of firms organized as limited liability companies within a federal state in Germany.
The VWE sees itself as a representative of the interests of its members vis-à-vis the EU, federal and state governments and other organizations. The association strives to establish benchmarks and help shape the future of the state through the intensive exchange of experiences and by taking up current and future-oriented issues of economic and structural policy. Current topics are discussed and experiences shared twice a year at the spring and autumn meetings.
The Forum of German Economic Development Agencies (FdW) is an annual meeting place for municipal economic development agencies from all over the Federal Republic, where they discuss key economic policy issues such as investment incentives, knowledge management, regionalization of economic development with representatives from politics, industry and science.
The FdW came into being in 2008, emerging from the annual congress of the Association of German Cities (DST) and the general assembly of the German Association of Economic Promotion and Development Agencies (DVWE). In collaboration with the County Association and the German Local Authorities Confederation a new platform has been created that brings together all municipal economic development agencies.
The event management of the FdW is the responsibility of the Difu (German Institute of Urban Affairs) in Berlin. Other congress partners are NRW.INVEST and AG WFB.
The economic development agencies of all 16 states have formed the Association of the Economic Development Agencies of the Federal States (AG WFB).
The purpose of the AG WFB is to exchange experiences and ideas as well as to implement joint activities in the field of economic development. These include location marketing, the acquisition of foreign companies and settlement consultancy.
The AG WFB meets for spring and autumn sessions and serves the federal government as a central point of contact for the federal states. A regular exchange is held between the federal and state governments via the "Investor Recruitment" advisory board of GTAI.
The Municipal Economic Development NRW association is a confederation of all the economic development agencies of the towns/cities, districts and municipalities in North Rhine-Westphalia.
Under the auspices of the three leading municipal associations, Municipal Economic Development NRW serves to exchange experiences and to promote the implementation of insights gained from practical problems in legislation.
Every year the association holds a congress entitled "Municipal Economic Development NRW" to discuss issues of economic development and structural improvement.
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Knowledgebase NRW is a regionally unique information and presentation database for the business location North Rhine-Westphalia. It supplies North Rhine-Westphalian partners such as the state government, state initiatives and municipal and regional economic development agencies with the latest economic and location data.