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Three economic development agencies selected to participate in pilot project on digital transformation

  • NRW.INVEST supports NRW's municipal and regional economic development agencies in the process of digitization
  • Three partners selected for a pilot project.

Düsseldorf / Munich, 09.10.2018 – The state-owned economic development agency NRW.INVEST has initiated a pilot project to digitize the business processes of the economic development agencies in NRW. The primary aim is to examine work processes and IT applications with regard to their digitization potential and to optimize the service for customers, predominantly companies. 13 municipal economic development agencies in NRW had applied to take part, giving the status of their digitization and their objectives.

The three winners of the application procedure for the pilot project were announced at Expo Real. "I am pleased that the NRW.INVEST pilot project represents a further step towards the digital transformation of our business development activities. This initiative will also sustainably strengthen the economy of our state," explained Christoph Dammermann, State Secretary of the Ministry of Economic Affairs, Innovation, Digitization and Energy of North Rhine-Westphalia.

"We are delighted to have received numerous qualified applications and to now be able to develop digital models together with the three winners," said Petra Wassner, CEO of NRW.INVEST GmbH. "The process of digital transformation has high priority for us. With this project, we also want to promote best practice examples for knowledge transfer within NRW".

A jury taken from numerous economic development agencies and NRW.INVEST selected the three final candidates for participation in the pilot project.

The Wirtschaftsförderungsgesellschaft für den Kreis Unna mbH was selected by the jury because the company's proposals and objectives are highly transferable to other economic development agencies in NRW and are highly accepted by its employees.

Bochum Wirtschaftsentwicklung was convincing due to the sound structure of the internal processes and the excellent networking of the digitization processes with the city administration.

Wirtschaftsförderungsagentur Ennepe-Ruhr GmbH is the third partner. It pursues a visionary concept that redefines the entire business model of the economic development agency. Not only spatial and technological changes are implemented, but work organization and personnel development are also reconsidered.

NRW.INVEST works closely with the economic development agencies in North Rhine-Westphalia when it comes to settling and assisting foreign investors and companies. NRW.INVEST has been supporting economic development in North Rhine-Westphalia for many years with qualification and further training measures as well as information services.