“Stuttgart offers excellent locational conditions for business success. New future-oriented topics open fresh paths for clearly positioning ourselves in competition with other large cities.”

Ines Aufrecht

The state capital Stuttgart is one of the most important business locations in Germany. Its economic strength is based on solid employment and growth figures, a healthy willingness to invest and the diversity of both traditional and innovative industries. The geographic location at the heart of Europe and an outstanding transportation infrastructure make Stuttgart attractive as an ideal place for company headquarters. The international Stuttgart Airport, the new Messe Stuttgart fairgrounds with its International Congress Center as well as numerous cultural attractions such as the Mercedes-Benz and Porsche museums further enrich the 
Stuttgart business environment.

Design Stuttgart’s future – sustainable mobility, knowledge for tomorrow, retail trade & tourism

Stuttgart is also one of the strongest locations for research in Europe, enjoying a top position among German cities for basic research as well as application-oriented research. The scientific landscape in and around Stuttgart consists of about 140 institutes of Stuttgart University as well as many diverse research facilities outside the university. All of them are important partners in Stuttgart’s innovative and creative scientific network, and enrich the local business landscape.
There is a broad range of commercial activities in production, trade, skilled crafts, services and finances to be found in the state capital of Baden-Wuerttemberg. The city has been the starting point for numerous well-known brand products on their way to international success, where they enjoy top reputations on the world market. About 17,000 companies are now located in Stuttgart. They generate a gross added value of about 31 billion euros, a most welcome result of many years of target-driven and 
reliable municipal economic policy. We must build from here and make the city fit for the future. Accordingly, we recently conducted an extensive structure analysis to identify fields of growth which should be promoted. These fields are: sustainable mobility, knowledge for tomorrow, retail trade and tourism.

The future strength of Stuttgart rests on these three future sectors. They give the state capital its unique profile and provide us with the opportunity of clearly positioning the city compared to other large German metropolitan areas.

Apart from the classic urban concerns such as business start-ups, attending to investors, attracting and founding new industrial and commercial facilities, and maintaining and developing existing 
facilities, we must provide Stuttgart-based and other interested companies, investors and skilled specialists with industry-specific activities, know-how and services related to these future-oriented fields.

Ines Aufrecht,
Head of the Economic Development Corporation
of the state capital Stuttgart

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