The Stuttgart Region
High-tech economy, cutting-edge research and quality of life
Located in the heart of the federal state of Baden-Württemberg in the southwest of Germany, the Stuttgart Region comprises the City of Stuttgart (the state capital) and its five surrounding counties. With a population of 2.8 million, the area boasts a highly advanced industrial infrastructure and enjoys a well-earned reputation for its economic strength, cutting-edge technology and exceptionally high quality of life.
The Stuttgart Region is the birthplace and home of Gottlieb Daimler, who invented the motor car at the end of the 19th century. Even today, vehicle design and production as well as engineering in general are a vital part of the region’s economy. Besides its traditional strengths, the Stuttgart Region is also well known for its strong creative industries and its enthusiasm for research and development. All these factors make the Stuttgart Region one of the most dynamic and efficient regions in the world – innovative in approach, international in outlook.
Founded in 1994, the Verband Region Stuttgart (association of local authorities within the Stuttgart Region) works hand in hand with other institutions to ensure the area’s international competitiveness and to co-ordinate collaboration between local towns and districts. The region is the first in Germany to have its own directly elected parliamentary assembly, making for fast, effective decision-making on local issues.
The Verband Region Stuttgart performs important future tasks in the areas of local public transport, regional planning and business development. In order to fulfil its tasks, Verband Region Stuttgart is involved in a number of different companies, such as the Stuttgart Region Economic Development Corporation. Furthermore, it plays a successful role in national and international competitions and takes part in various projects.