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NEWS TO GO THE CAPITAL IS BOOMING Whether it‘s the housing or labor market, investment figures of tourist numbers – Berlin is on course for growth: here are the latest figures, projects and other activities Utilizing millions in incentives At the first Berlin Economic Development Day, Berlin Senator for Economics, Cornelia Yzer, and the CEO of IBB, Dr. Allerkamp, presented the subsidy instruments available in Berlin to companies. These include the new program “Investitionszuschüsse 2.0” (Investment Grants 2.0), set up by the Senate Department for Economics. In the biennial budget for 2016/2017, 35 million euros were allocated to this program, which is aimed at supporting those companies whose requests to the GRW (Joint Task Program for the Improvement of Regional Economic Structures) have previously not been considered. Approximately 850 million euros of European funding and approximately 900 million euros from the Joint Task Program are available for the 2014-2020 funding period. For the Joint Task Program (GRW) as well as the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) and the European Social Fund (ESF) new approval criteria are now applied to project applications. More apartments for Berlin According to the “2014 IBB Housing Market Report”, the number of people living in Berlin rose by around 160,000 between 2009 and 2013, which led to an increased demand for housing. The housing market responded accordingly: Since 2012 the numer of completed construction projects has been rising again for the first time. Overall, approximately 6600 new apartments were built in 2013, with another 9000 added in 2014. The developers included state-owned housing associations as well as private developers. The municipal housing stock is planned to reach a total of 300,000 apartments by 2016. Job generator Berlin According to the “Statistical Office for Berlin-Brandenburg”, 1,805 million people were employed in Berlin in 2014 – 1.7 percent more than in 2013. This means Berlin not only showed the strongest growth rate for the third consecutive year (against a national average of 0.9 percent), but the total number of employees reached the highest level since 2000. In just the past three years, 100,000 new jobs have been created, particularly in the service sector. photos: Kara, Syda Productions - Fotolia.com 6 BERLIN TO GO

NEWS TO GO Proud of their city Berlin residents take a positive view of the increasing number of tourists and the city’s general popularity. According to a recent survey by visit- Berlin, 94 percent of city residents enjoy living in Berlin and 85 percent feel neither trammelled nor bothered by tourists. 88 percent of Berlin residents are proud that people from across the globe are interested in visiting their city. photos: iStock/Kerrick, Coloures-pic, ldprod – Fotolia.com Capital of innovation In 2013, Berlin-based companies generated around 11 billion euros, or 14 percent of their revenues, from new products. This means that with 1.6 percent the proportion of innovation in Berlin‘s overall commercial activity again grew faster than the national average (0.2 percent). These figures are documented in the “2014 Berlin Innovation Survey” published in March by the Technologiestiftung Berlin. New products constituted a particularly high proportion of aggregate turnover in equipment and vehicle manufacturing (46.9 percent) and in the electronics industry (43.5 percent). Not only did Berlin-based companies earn more revenue from new products, they also spent more on innovation (8.1 percent compared to the national average of 6 percent). Beacon city Berlin Berlin, together with Paris and Bologna, has responded to the EU’s Smart Cities Call and must now demonstrate that it’s ready to be a “beacon city” by developing proposals on how it can become a fully networked city and shift to more sustainable forms of energy and transportation. Should Brussels award Berlin the contract, 7 million euros in funding from the Horizon 2020 EU research project would flow into the capital city. Berlin’s contribution envisages setting up a network of smart urban neighborhoods along a smart axis. This would involve retrofitting buildings for greater sustainability and operating them with greater energy efficiency through constant data exchange. In addition, electric vehicles and innovative infrastructure would provide residents with eco-friendly mobility. A decision is expected in October. BERLIN TO GO 7

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