The Ruhr Regional Association (RVR) closely cooperates with the Upper Silesian metropolitan association Górnośląsko-Zagłębiowska Metropolia (GZM) in southern Poland. In August 2019, the GZM and the RVR signed a partnership agreement. A common history in coal mining gave impetus to the partnership. Today, the partners regularly implement joint projects and formats. In particular, the partnership focuses on developing new approaches to current economic and ecological developments.
The Ruhr Regional Association (RVR) facilitates interregional cooperation. It aims to exchange knowledge, to initiate interregional projects and to find new solutions for common challenges.
How can a sustainable revitalization of former industrial sites succeed? What new social and economic functions will bear fruit? These were the guiding questions of an online seminar in October 2020, in which MARK 51°7 in Bochum and the Culture Zone in Katowice, among others, were presented as best practice.
How can municipal economic promotion be supported at the regional level? How is it possible to attract investors to the region? What support do startups need? In February 2020, a workshop on regional economic promotion was held at Business Metropole Ruhr (BMR), an RVR agency.
How does the industrial and cultural landscape of the GZM adapt to environmental changes? Are there parallels to the Ruhr Metropolis? During an excursion in August 2019, representatives of the RVR visited, among other sites, the Silesian Park, the Nikiszowiec mining settlement, and the Katowice Cultural Zone.
How does the Ruhr Metropolis deal with green spaces? How and where does it implement "green" initiatives? To discuss these and other questions, in July 2019 a delegation from the GZM visited the Gleispark Frintrop, the Niederfeldsee, the Revierpark Wischlingen and the Phoenix area.