The city of Bonn and the Rhein-Sieg-Kreis as well as the district's local authorities maintain a long-standing close cooperation, which ranges from education and the development of skilled workers, cooperation in traffic planning and land development to environmental protection and joint services. In the Bonn/Rhein-Sieg/Ahrweiler region, there has also been regional cooperation for more than two decades, extending across two federal states. This not only involves joint trade fair presentations, but also long-standing, tried and tested working relationships in the support of structural change in cluster approaches and in the cooperation between industry and science.
Regional area strategies
Against the background of the continuing massive pressure on the city of Bonn, the Rhein-Sieg district and the district of Ahrweiler, various regionally coordinated strategies and measures have been planned and initial steps have already been taken in the area of residential and commercial land development:
The project NEILA - Sustainable Development through Intercommunal Land Management in the Bonn/Rhein-Sieg/Ahrweiler region is intended to help to jointly solve the land use conflicts within the functionally closely networked region and to take into account the consequences and costs of settlement development from the outset. Based on many years of intermunicipal cooperation, the Regional Working Group Bonn/Rhein-Sieg/Ahrweiler (:rak) in the NEILA joint project in cooperation with the Technical University of Dortmund, the Institute for Regional and Urban Development Planning and the Königswinter WWG is striving for sustainable regional growth. NEILA assumes that an improved balance of interests between the Federal City of Bonn, the surrounding urban area and the rural area can only succeed if instruments and measures for sustainable land management and for the reduction of (land) use conflicts are conceived in an integrated way and coordinated inter-communally ("bottom-up"). The Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) selected the NEILA joint project in a nationwide competition as part of the "Urban-Rural Plus" funding measure. The project will run from 2018 to 2023.
Intercommunal commercial space development Bonn/Alfter/Bornheim
The Bonn region is prospering. It is becoming more and more difficult, especially in the city of Bonn, to find suitable and tailor-made space offers for companies interested in settling, expanding or relocating. In order to be able to keep the companies and their jobs in the region and to attract new tradesmen, the designation of new (inter-communal) industrial sites is indispensable.
The committees of Alfter, Bonn and Bornheim have decided to develop the Alfter Nord commercial space, which covers about 28 hectares, in inter-municipal cooperation. In particular, the aim is a partnership-based settlement strategy with a jointly defined utilisation concept, an early exchange of information and participation regulations, especially for the settlement of companies.
The municipality of Alfter, the city of Bornheim and the Federal City of Bonn have concluded a public-law contract to establish a municipal working group for the marketing and positioning of the Alfter Nord commercial space. The municipalities see inter-municipal cooperation in land development and marketing as the right approach to offer the increasingly scarce resource of "industrial land" on a regional basis. By concentrating in one place, all three municipalities can participate in the supply of space. A corresponding working group, consisting of the business development and urban planning departments of the three local authorities meet for regular exchanges. The inter-communal working group is already preparing a marketing concept with an external office. A corresponding development plan is currently being prepared. A draft is available. At the same time, land acquisition and land purchase talks are taking place via WfA Alfter GmbH.
Intercommunal industrial site development between the cities of Bonn and Rheinbach
The area "Am Wolbersacker" is aligned to the future regional plan, which aims at a land designation for commercial and industrial areas until 2035. The basis for the inter-municipal cooperation is a technical report prepared by the office of Stadt- und Regionalplanung Dr. Jansen GmbH. For the first time, a regional industrial area concept was developed and the area Am Wolbersacker was brought into the dialogue with the district government by means of a Letter of Intent (LOI). An inter-municipal working group, consisting of urban planning and business development of the cities, is developing criteria and procedures for the development and marketing of the area. The focus is on examining the question of the extent to which, in addition to positive structural effects, costs and revenues (trade taxes) can be clarified in a binding manner. An expert opinion is currently being prepared, which will deal in particular with the trade tax issue.
Cologne/Bonn Region e.V.
Cooperations at the level of the Cologne/Bonn region consist of a collaboration between the three independent cities of Cologne, Bonn and Leverkusen and the administrative districts Rhein-Sieg-Kreis, Rhein-Erft- Kreis, Rhein-Kreis-Neuss, Oberbergischer Kreis and Rheinisch Bergischer Kreis. The Economic Development Agency is involved in various specialist working groups and cooperation rounds. These include, for example, the working group on structural policy and economic development and the cooperation round on tourism and local recreation. From the manifold work of the association, the development of an agglomeration concept has gained special importance. The agglomeration concept aims at a spatial target image for the development of the entire region until 2040+ and represents a regional technical concept as a contribution to formal regional planning. The agglomeration concept also forms the conceptual basis for the agglomeration programme, which, as a spatial development strategy with an integrated approach, will transform the agglomeration concept and the climate change prevention strategy (KWVS) into a strategic framework for action from summer 2020 and operationalise it by configuring exemplary projects, planning and cooperation.
Rhineland Metropolitan Region (MRR)
The city of Bonn is a founding member of Metropolregion Rheinland e.V. The metropolitan region has a population of around 8.6 million and comprises 23 administrative districts and independent cities as well as the city region of Aachen in the administrative districts of Düsseldorf and Cologne in North Rhine-Westphalia. After its foundation in 2017 and the start of its work, the association's board of directors appointed Mrs. Kirsten Jahn and Mrs. Ulla Thönnissen as the new dual leadership of the management board on 22.01.2019. The aim of the association is to intensify the cooperation of the local authorities and chambers of commerce in the Rhineland on the political, economic and administrative levels by taking appropriate measures, towards a metropolitan region of European importance. The MRR has developed a campaign entitled "We are reinventing Germany, Rhineland Metropolitan Region". In cooperation with the AG Standortmarketing, MRR is launching the "Rhineland Ingenious" innovation prize under the umbrella of the campaign with its members, which presents the great diversity of innovation events in a flexible and multi-faceted manner.