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The District of Stendal - a Business Location

Vital - pleasant to live in - economically strong

The District of Stendal is located in the beautiful north of the state of Saxony-Anhalt, is one of the largest administrative districts in Germany and fairly sparsely populated with approximately 116,000 inhabitants. It is only a stone's throw away from the most important economic areas of North and East Germany. Due to its good transport infrastructure, including the ICE route from Berlin to Hanover and the airfield of Stendal-Borstel, the District of Stendal is very easy to reach. The district can also be reached by water on the River Elbe. The widening of the A 14 motorway will complete this good connection.

The proximity to the conurbations offers significant potential for establishing manufacturing business enterprises and innovative service providers. Besides the short distances, suppliers and service providers in the region find ideal locational conditions. This primarily includes the availability of large commercial properties, extensive possibilities for subsidies and investments, non-bureaucratic approval processes and short processing times, excellently trained professionals - and one factor which should not be underestimated: the family-friendliness. Besides the numerous possibilities for recreation and relaxation, great value is placed on childcare in particular in the District of Stendal. The guaranteed right to childcare up to the age of 14 makes it easier for young parents to balance work and family life.

The District of Stendal has joined the Altmark District of Salzwedel to form an economic region with the aim of jointly marketing the Altmark. Furthermore, the joint regional management has set itself the task of pooling the local forces to establish new forms of economic cooperation. During the years of the cooperation it has been possible to create a fully functional network.

The main strength of the economy in the District of Stendal is the broad business base with a large number of small and medium-sized enterprises, which are flanked by well-known large companies. Instead of a dominant industry, the District of Stendal focuses on a broad sector mix and a healthy ratio between manufacturing industry and services.

One industry which must not be forgotten in this rural area is agriculture as a stable pillar of the economic region. In addition to the manufacture and processing of the products, attention is increasingly focusing on the conversion into energy of renewable raw materials. Maize, grass or grain are used to produce biogas, which in turn is used to generate electricity or heat. Bioethanol as a fuel additive and biofuel made from rapeseed are other examples of the use of renewable resources. As a result of their use, dependence on expensive imported fossil fuels will further decrease. A further contribution is also provided by the increasing use of wind and solar power, the expansion of which is already well advanced, making the Altmark a pioneer in the generation of renewable energies.

The "Business Circle of the Food Industry ", established in 2006, in which regional food producers have joined forces, also ensures economic benefits through its joint action. With its help, innovative manufacturing techniques are tested and research institutions integrated. Another focus of this collaboration is the recruiting of skilled workers and the advanced training of employees.

Further highly efficient potential in terms of the supply of skilled workers for the District of Stendal is provided by the University of Magdeburg-Stendal (University of Applied Sciences) at the Stendal location, which at the same time provides scientific impetus to the economy. Students at the Stendal site have the choice between two specialist fields: one is Applied Human Sciences and the other the field of Economics. The University is located on a former military site, on which a modern and friendly campus, including a green classroom, has been constructed. Through the Office for Regional Collaboration that has been established at the University, the students and teachers are brought together with the companies. The office arranges work experience, topics for final assignments and jobs. Almost 1,000 addresses of companies and institutions are listed here.

In economic terms, the District of Stendal is a dynamic and attractive region with enormous development opportunities. The companies presented in the Internet presentation impressively demonstrate this with their successes.