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Our committee works to establish contacts and relations that facilitate the development of opportunities for businesses from both cities and their surrounding regions.

The Netherlands is third largest investor in the U.S. Of all U.S. Fortune 500 companies that have a European headquarters, half are located in the Netherlands. More than half of all U.S. exports to Europe enter through the Netherlands, mainly through the Port of Rotterdam. The Netherlands is the world’s largest exporter of bulbs and flowers. The Netherlands is the largest source of jobs held in foreign-owned establishments in the Baltimore region (29.7% of all jobs in FOEs) according to a Brookings Institute analysis for the Global Cities Initiative.

Dutch companies doing business in Baltimore and Maryland include: Transamerica / Aegon (one of the world’s largest insurance companies), Steinweg (multi-national marine cargo operations), Ahold (includes Giant Foods), and Lippincott Williams & Wilkin / Wolters-Kluwer (publisher of legal and medical materials).

In October 2016, Maryland Department of Commerce launched the Maryland-Netherlands Cyber and Security Technologies Soft Landing Platform together with The Hague Security Delta (HSD) and InnovationQuarter, the regional economic development agency for the Dutch province of Zuid-Holland (where The Hague and Rotterdam is located). Maryland cybersecurity companies can explore the Dutch market, and Dutch cybersecurity companies can set up operations in Maryland on a trial basis. The agreement is for 3 years; a different set of firms will participate each year.

Baltimore became a member of the Global Cities Initiative in January 2015. This is a five-year joint project of the Brookings Institution and JPMorgan Chase. Global Cities Initiative’s network assists metropolitan areas as they develop plans to achieve sustainable growth, addressing exports and foreign direct investment. Baltimore started its involvement by developing a metropolitan export plan in 2015.

Also in 2015, the Netherlands America Chamber of Commerce for the Washington Metro area (NACCWM) organization was founded. It is a non-profit, non-governmental, non-political member-based networking organization for Dutch and American businesses and individuals. Its region of operation includes Baltimore, and it collaborates with the Baltimore-Rotterdam committee on joint activities

Recent Dutch delegations in Baltimore

An economic & governmental delegation from Amsterdam and North Holland visited Baltimore in 2014 and again in 2016, and a Rotterdam alderman visited Baltimore in 2015. The Baltimore-Rotterdam Sister City Committee helped organize presentations for the visitors about Baltimore’s approach to stimulating entrepreneurship and about interesting sustainable and innovative projects happening in Baltimore. In fall 2017, one of Rotterdam’s deputy mayors travels to Baltimore to speak about sustainable waste management at the ISWA Congress. More information about Dutch delegation visits to Baltimore.







ISWA Conference 2017

International Solid Waste Association’s World Congress is in Baltimore in 2017 and features several sessions about Rotterdam and the Netherlands, including:

Let’s Share Circulair: Rotterdam Makes It Happen
Pex Langenberg, Vice Mayor for Mobility, Sustainability and Culture, City of Rotterdam talks about Rotterdam’s approach to circular economy.

Navigating a Circular Economy Roadmap
Jeff George from IMG Rebel talks about Rotterdam’s roadmap to a circular economy by 2030.

The Netherlands Circular in 2050
Herman Huisman from Netherlands Ministry of Infrastructure and Environment talks about the Netherlands’ efforts to become a circular economy with zero waste.

Cybersecurity Soft Landing Program

Oct 4, 2017

Baltimore-Rotterdam Sister City Committee is organizing a talk about this soft landing program. This event is part of Baltimore Innovation Week presented by TKTK – an annual week-long celebration of technology and entrepreneurship in Baltimore.

Location: bwtech@UMBC incubator, University of Maryland Baltimore County
Time: 6-8pm
Register by Sept 27. Limited seats available.

More info and registration

Kiwanis Clubs

Baltimore and Rotterdam Kiwanis Clubs have formed a sister club relationship.