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Our Committee promotes cooperation, mutual understanding, and friendship between the citizens of Baltimore in Maryland, U.S.A. and Rotterdam in The Netherlands.

Rotterdam skyline with Erasmus Bridge and Kop van Zuid

Twin Cities

Baltimore and Rotterdam are both modern cities, because of historical events.  Rotterdam’s central city district was destroyed at the beginning of World War II.  Faced with the task of rebuilding the city, Rotterdam chose to embrace the future rather than to resurrect the past - becoming a showplace for modern architecture in Europe.  The city center of Baltimore was destroyed in 1904 by the Great Fire. So both cities were built from the ground up during the 20th century. 

Rotterdam and Baltimore have approximately the same geographical and population size. These two cities have in common a deep maritime history, large port operations in estuarine waters, and both are home to prestigious universities, medical schools, world-class museums and other cultural institutions, and burgeoning tech/startup scenes. They share many of the issues and opportunities common to many large, modern cities with diverse populations.

Baltimore Inner Harbor skyline

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Containers and cargo ships in the port

Maryland State of the Ports

September 26, 2018

Location: World Trade Center Baltimore (21st Floor), 401 East Pratt Street, Baltimore MD 21202
Time: 3:30-7:00pm

This year’s event features breakout sessions on port cybersecurity and offshore wind, and The Netherlands Embassy will have a table. Reps from Baltimore-Rotterdam committee will be there.

WTCI State of the Ports attracts major exporters and companies providing services through the Port of Baltimore and BWI Airport. Network with members of the port community and WTCI.

More info & registration

Kids participating in an Operation Trash event

Operation Trash educational activities

Theatre artist & educator Kathie diStefano from Rotterdam’s Avalanche Arts designs and coordinates creative educational activities for kids in Baltimore & Rotterdam to make them aware of trash pollution and how they can help solve it. A Baltimore-Rotterdam online school exchange program took place in spring 2018, and another exchange is being planned for the coming school year.

More information about the spring 2018 program on our HarborTraces website

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