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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 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.

In October 2016, Maryland Department of Commerce launched the Maryland-Netherlands Cyber and Security Technologies Soft Landing Platform together with UMBC’s international cyber incubator, 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. Companies get support that is tailored towards their needs. The program is ongoing. Applications are accepted year-round.

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 vice mayor visited Baltimore in 2015 & 2017. 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, Pex Langenberg, one of Rotterdam’s vice mayors, travelled to Baltimore with a delegation of city officials to speak about sustainable waste management and circular economy at the ISWA Congress. More information about Dutch delegation visits to Baltimore.







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Flood Resiliency & Smart Cities

Dutch delegation to Baltimore

A delegation of Dutch researchers, government officials, and businesses, led by Rotterdam, visited Baltimore in late March 2019. The Rotterdam and Baltimore regions exchanged best practices and challenges with regards to the role of flood resilience in adapting their cities to climate change. Additional focus was on how technology can contribute to making cities more resilient.

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Global Entrepreneurship Summit 2019

To advance and celebrate the work of entrepreneurs, the United States’ State Department and Netherlands Ministry of Foreign Affairs co-host the ninth edition of the Global Entrepreneurship Summit in the Hague, the Netherlands. The Summit will feature industries such as Health, Energy, Water, Food and Agriculture and Connectivity/Infrastructure, and will bring investment-ready entrepreneurs together with investors, innovators, policy makers, global brands and thought leaders from around the world.

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