Haarlem and Harlem join forces

Last year, Haarlem’s Mayor Jos Wienen met with the borough president of Manhattan, Gale Brewer. It was a great success: the two parties agreed to work together in the areas of economics, culture and education.

Here we are almost a year later, and the collaborations are already in full swing. This time, Gale Brewer has made the trip to the Netherlands, continuing the partnership by offering a cultural programme that gives startups the chance to expand into New York.

“New York is a metropolis with an enormous cultural and economic atmosphere; the city is bustling with new developments that everyone wants to learn from,” said Haarlem’s Mayor Jos Wienen. “It’s great to have a city like that linked to Haarlem. It allows us to encourage new impulses in Haarlem, both economic and cultural. In return, Haarlem offers Manhattan a great connection to historic Europe.”

A promising future for tech, jobs and innovation

New York’s Gale Brewer is especially interested in technological innovation. In fact, she’s a keynote speaker at Amsterdam’s The Things Conference, which is happening right now (at the time of writing)! Following the programme, the municipality of Haarlem will meet with Ms Brewer to discuss the partnership. In addition, Waarderpolder Haarlem Business Park (home to smart-tech pros 3D Makers Zone and co-working space BakkeRij) will meet for a discussion on Haarlem’s ever-growing ICT scene. Of course, many more meetings are planned throughout the visit, including startup pitches and a roundtable discussion on music & tech, talent & tech and IoT concepts.

“I'm thrilled to finally visit Manhattan's sister city of Haarlem and am honoured to join Mayor Wienen to continue building cultural, academic and economic partnerships between our borough and this magnificent city,” said Ms Brewer. “From our centuries-old heritage as major port cities to our bright future as rising hubs for tech jobs and innovation, we have so much in common and much to gain from each other.”

Needless to say, this is one collaboration that’s rooted in history. The New York neighbourhood of Harlem was actually founded by Dutch settlers back in the 17th century. Mayor Jos Wienen sums it up perfectly: “Haarlem and Harlem share a name and a piece of history. In terms of cultural and economic innovation, we will make a new piece of history together.”