City of Leipzig, Germany
Leipzig is one of the most dynamic cities in the heart of Germany with more than 570,000 inhabitants (2016). After years of population decline and an above-average unemployment rate, Leipzig started to regain popularity during the last years and is successfully turning from a post-industrial into a modern, knowledge-based economy.
Leipzig as Follower City actively participates in the activities of Triangulum and benefits from the experiences existing and emerging during the implementation processes in the Lighthouse Cities. The cooperation between the Follower Cities provides additional support and allows for direct knowledge exchange. The main focus is to establish a real integrated approach (powered by the development of the Smart City Implementation Strategy), a stronger recognition of the use of renewable energy resources as well as a rethinking of multimodal traffic/logistic/ICT system solutions.
A second important point is to attract SMEs to become involved in future investments in the development of smart city districts – as investors, users and developers. With the help and knowledge transfer of the Lighthouse Cities they could give a big boost on Leipzig´s smart development, which can encourage further advancements in other parts of the city. So far, the Triangulum project helped to establish a Smart Infrastructure Hub in Leipzig, which brings together start-ups and upcoming technology companies in the field of energy and IoT.
A local cooperation partner is the Faculty of Economics and Management Sciences Leipzig University with the Department for Planning, Engineering and Management (DPEM). This department comprises three research institutes with focus on urban development issues, building construction management, infrastructure and resource management.
The activities are focused on a former industrial urban area called “Leipzig West” which once represented deprived areas and neighbourhoods in terms of the social, economic and structural situation. With the help of active and integrated urban development during the course of the last 15 years, the area transformed itself into one of the thriving neighborhoods in Leipzig. The strong connections between the local economy, private house owners and civil actors form valuable structures for the implementation of the Smart Cities Implementation Strategy in the coming years.
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City of Leipzig