Karlsruhe Technology Region

Located at the heart of Europe, our region is one of the top locations in Europe when it comes to technology, business and culture. Nestling in a wonderful natural landscape between the Black Forest, the Rhine, the Palatinate and Alsace, it is the sunniest region in Germany and an ideal environment in which to live and work, with excellent traffic links, a good infrastructure and great shopping. World-famous companies are based here and benefit from the internationally important education and research landscape. In the competition between the major business locations in Germany, Europe and the USA, the Karlsruhe TechnologyRegion consistently comes out among the front runners.

Established with the aim of optimising cooperation between business, science, culture and the public sector, the Karlsruhe TechnologyRegion Action Group is made up of ten towns and cities, four administrative districts and a regional association: Baden-Baden, Bretten, Bruchsal, Bühl, Ettlingen, Gaggenau, Karlsruhe, Rastatt, Rheinstetten, Stutensee, the administrative districts of Germersheim, Karlsruhe, Rastatt and Südliche Weinstrasse, and the Regional Planning Association Middle Upper Rhine.

Baden Württemberg's bigger cities and the two administrative districts established the Karlsruhe TechnologyRegion Company to enable them to address the challenges of the future together as long ago as 1987. During the years that followed, other organisations affiliated themselves with the successful model – most recently the administrative district of Südliche Weinstrasse in 2009. Business, science, culture and the public sector together form a strategic unit that combines all the resources for shared success in the competition between the regions.

In an area of 3,240 square kilometres, the Karlsruhe TechnologyRegion has a total of 1,239,233 inhabitants (382 people per square kilometre). The economic output of the Karlsruhe TechnologyRegion has outstripped the national average for many years. And the gross domestic product has also been increasing at an above-average rate in recent years. This leading position has been consolidated even further since then. In 2008 we exported goods with a total value of €18.8 billion. Our average annual regional export quota has been 43.5%. And 172 in every 1000 of the working population work in technology-intensive industries – more than in virtually any other region in Europe.

There are 3.5 million square metres of industrial and commercial space available for investors to start building on immediately. Our towns and cities offer welldeveloped business locations, ranging from converted space like the Cité in Baden-Baden, the Baden-Airpark in Rheinmünster and specialised industrial locations like Wörth am Rhein, to the Karlsruhe Technology Park and the Technology and Ecology Village (TED ) in Bruchsal. The SIS location information system (www.sisfit.de) and the Gewerbeflächenatlas (Commercial Space Atlas) published by the Chamber of Industry and Commerce (IHK) provide full details what is available.

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