Thomas Jurk: Where economy meets science

The Dresden region without a doubt belongs to the future-oriented economic regions. A high quality of life and good investment conditions have brought the region a good reputation internationally. Many entrepreneurs of medium-sized organizations have steered their businesses along successful paths; many large organizations have found their way to Dresden. Be it mechanical engineering firms, ambitious engineering service provider or producer of infra-red booths for medical applications: The list of new settlements reveals a wide spectrum.

Experiences with the economic upheaval of 1989 have shown that the preservation of industrial cores and competencies are decisive for the future prospects of a region. In times of globalization and worldwide location competition, the uni­­que­­­­ness of the marketing of the Dres­­den research and technology constellation will, however, matter even more in the future.


Especially in an increasingly knowledge-based economy, innovations be­­come an important factor for growth and employment.
Only if research and development are able to find sufficient qualified employees with a high level of education, will the region profit in its entirety.
A close interlinking of economics and science is therefore an important prerequisite for a successful innovation pro­­cess. With its well-educated and highly motivated qualified employees, the Dres­­den economic and scientific location offers a special potential to profit from the transfer of scientific and technological innovations into commercial application.
In order to further develop the interlinking of science and economy, the Saxon state government has raise the bar higher even stronger on “priority for innovation, growth and employment”. With nu­­merous political grant instruments, it contributes towards optimal basic conditions, provides incentives and support.
In the Dresden region, imagination, courage and entrepreneurial spirit are tradition. Convince yourself of the advantages of the Dresden region. I am certain that we will also in future be pleased with the economic and technological successes in Dresden and Saxony.


_MG_9048The author was born in Görlitz in 1962. After an apprenticeship as a radio technician, he worked at PGH Elektro, Rund­­funk, Fernsehen Weißwasser until 1989. He has been a member of Saxony’s State Legislature since 1990. From 1999, he was the leader of the SPD faction in the State Legislature. He has been Dep­­uty Prime Minister and State Minister for Economic Affairs and Labour since 2004.