Volker Bouffier – Foreword

The Rhine-Main area is one of the most innovative and economically strongest regions in both Germany and Europe. The city of Frankfurt am Main is home to the continent’s most significant finan­­cial centre, the European Central Bank, as well as the German Stock Exchange and a trade fair the history of which goes back to the Middle Ages. Frankfurt Airport employs around 80,000 people. Together with Frankfurt’s central railway station and the motorway interchange of Hessen’s largest city, it forms Germany’s central transport hub. The metropolitan region is characterised by fast and safe transport routes, making Hessen a state of mobility.

MP-Volker-Bouffier-KopieVolker Bouffier ist Ministerpräsident des Landes Hessen

Excellently educated men and women who use their enormous creativity to turn ideas into real innovations at medium-sized companies or internationally re­­­nowned corporations form the backbone of the state’s economy. Close cooperation between research and business en­­sures dynamic opportunities for development throughout the state and make this re­­gion – in the heart of the Euro­pean Un­­ion – a knowledge location that lives on its inter­­national flair and cosmo­­politanism. Last but not least, the Rhine-­­Main region offers a rich variety of cultur­al and leisure op­­­tions, including unique UNESCO World Heritage Sites such as Messel Pit Fossil Site and Lorsch Abbey.