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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 starting in 2017; 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 vice mayor 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, 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.