Combining skills, shaping the future


The network project undertaken by the Agency for Economic development covers all important sectors of North German industry. It represents the interests of businesses, associations and organisations in our region. Please direct any queries or comments to the relevant points of contact.

The metropolitan area of Hamburg (Metropolregion Hamburg, MRH)

The district of Cuxhaven has been a firm member of the metropolitan area of Hamburg for many years. This metropolitan area currently extends over 28,500 km² encompassing around 245,000 businesses. Along with the states of Hamburg, Lower Saxony, Schleswig-Holstein and Mecklenburg-Vorpommern this includes 17 districts, three independent towns and economic and social associsations.


The region of Cuxhaven's membership offers a variety of benefits. These include, among other things, improved mutual representation of interests all with other municipal providers, practical work on large public matters concerning the future such as securing skills workers, digitalisation or mobility, benefiting from the influence of Hamburg as a centre for business for the purposes of site marketing, leading to greater awareness of Cuxhaven, etc. However, there are more tangible benefits such as as stronger perception of the region as a destination for day and weekend tourism within the MRH, the expansion of the Hamburg public transport network (HVV) as far as Cuxhaven or the funding of many current projects through the MRH fund.

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Metropolitan region northwest (Bremen/Oldenburg)

Since 2006, the district of Cuxhaven, founded by its bipolar structure, has also been a member of the Metropolitan Region Northwest. In addition to the federal states of Bremen and Lower Saxony, eleven administrative districts and five independent cities as well as three trade associations are represented here.


As with membership in the metropolitan area of Hamburg, the main advantages include better joint representation of interests with other municipal bodies, practice-oriented work on major social issues of the future and the initiation of exemplary lighthouse projects. For this purpose there is a development fund from which project financing can be provided.

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Regional forum Unterweser

The Regional forum Unterweser is a working group founded in March 2003 by the districts of Cuxhaven and Wesermarsch as well as the city of Bremerhaven.


In addition, twelve municipalities are members of this forum; the cooperation is voluntary.

The aim is to strengthen the region together and to join forces. Under the motto "Stark am Strom", AfW has been working successfully with the economic development agencies in Bremerhaven, the Wesermarsch district and the twelve member municipalities for many years.

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ARTIE (Regional Network for Technology, Innovation and Development)

ARTIE is an alliance for innovation-oriented business development. The administrative districts, cities and municipalities cooperating within ARTIE see themselves as a regional network for strengthening the competitiveness of small and medium-sized enterprises in the North-East Lower Saxony region.


ARTIE's offer focuses on an active and demand-oriented knowledge and technology transfer that pursues holistic solutions, i.e. solutions that include the entire value chain (technology, strategy, market, financing and cooperation). Through ARTIE, companies gain targeted access to the offers of innovation promotion – nationwide in a closed and efficient system, unbureaucratic and free of charge.

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Hydrogen network "Northeast Lower Saxony"

With the hydrogen network "Nordostniedersachsen" the AfW, as part of the entire region, would like to actively exploit the opportunities of the region in the course of the energy turnaround and the sector coupling in order to value the specific regional advantages. The aim is to establish a competitive green hydrogen economy, i.e. one produced from renewable energies, along the strategic axes of mobility and industry and to provide the hydrogen required for this.


In addition to public institutions, municipalities and administrative districts, chambers of commerce and associations, companies from the region are also involved in the network, driving forward individual concrete project ideas. As a service provider, the TransferZentrum Elbe-Weser takes care of project coordination.

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Leader region Wesermünde Nord

Leader stands for "Liaison entre actions de développement de l'économie rurale" (connections between actions for developing the rural economy) and represents an integrated and interdisciplinary funding scheme with a view to developing rural areas. The initiative is being rolled out at a local level across so-called "leader"-regions.


Private and public investors in these regions join to for a local action group (LAG) and use a grass-roots approach to draw up a development plan for their region. This serves as the basis for implementing tangible projects and collaborative measures.


The city of Geestland, the municipality of Wurster Nordseeküste and the city of Cuxhaven, with the quarters of Alternwalde, Arensch-Berensch, Holte-Spangen und Sahlenburg have been dubbed the leader-region of Wesermünde Nord!


The administrative office for the Wesermünde Nord leader-region is in the offices of the Cuxhaven Agency for Ecomonic Development. The main responsibilities of this office and the director Jürgen von Ahnen are largely administrative duties, such as planning meetings, publicity work, supporting the submission of funding applications and presenting projects of the leader action group.

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City of Cuxhaven

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Dipl.-Wirtsch.Ing. Marc Itgen

Hydrogen network, Neighbourhood Economic Development, Regional Forum Unterweser

Tel.: +49 (0) 4721 / 599-711
Mobil: +49 (0) 171 / 31 90 221

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Jürgen von Ahnen

Director Leader Region Wesermünde-Nord

Tel.: +49 (0) 4721 / 599-716
Mobil: +49 (0) 160 96 37 03 86

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District of Cuxhaven

ARTIE Network


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Dr. rer. nat. Christian Rogge

Coordinator Metropolitan Regions Hamburg and Northwest, Regionaforum Unterweser, Neighbourhood economic development, Hydrogen network

Tel.: +49 (0) 4721 / 599-618
Mobil: +49 (0) 162 / 10 73 308

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