25 years of WFMG: Let‘s celebrate our anniversary!
In our anniversary year, we will be looking back a little, but always looking forward as well. Accompany us in 2022 and during the next 25 years – in our work for a livable Mönchengladbach. On this page, we bundle the communication around our 25th anniversary. It will therefore gradually fill up with exciting information and activities over the course of the year. Be curious and take a look every now and then!
On May 22, 1997, WFMG was entered in the commercial register – having emerged from the previous municipal Office for Economic Development. A joint ownership structure from the private and public sectors (public-private partnership) was chosen – an unusual format for the time and a courageous decision that would subsequently prove to be a trend-setting recipe for success. Today, 51 percent of the shares in WFMG are held by the municipal development company (EWMG), founded in 2002, while 49 percent are in the hands of a total of more than 30 companies and institutions from the city of Mönchengladbach, including the Chamber of Industry and Commerce and the District Chamber of Crafts.
Since the company was founded 25 years ago, the signs have been pointing almost inexorably to growth: in terms of the workforce, which has since risen to more than 25 employees, but especially also in terms of the range of tasks we handle. Creating and securing jobs in Mönchengladbach, for example by selling municipal land to suitable companies – this core task may have remained unchanged since the early years, although the parameters have also changed somewhat time and again. But at the end of the 1990s, we were definitely still a long way from tasks such as startup promotion, management of young skilled workers or the expansion of digital infrastructure – not to mention, for example, activities in the field of healthy building initiatives or innovation developments for Mönchengladbach Airport.
Until 2017, the year of its 20th anniversary, WFMG was located at Lüpertzender Straße 6, before relocating to the newly developed Quartier B. Kühlen at Neuhofstraße 52. The move was also to some extent symbolic. While the economic conditions in the city were still difficult at the turn of the millennium – the ongoing structural change in the textile industry and high unemployment figures being the decisive factors – and the marketing of new industrial estates such as Regiopark had started out rather sluggishly in the early years, Mönchengladbach had by now long been in the midst of an upswing. Since October 2022, WFMG is located at Steinmetzstrasse 57-61, in the “Stonecutter Offices”.
An upswing in which WFMG has been playing a daily part for a quarter of a century now – with passion, commitment and know-how, but also with the help of an indispensable, dense network of partners and supporters. And this development continues every day. What was once a municipal authority and then an economic development agency focused primarily on real estate marketing is now a modern agency for innovation and funding advice that sets the course for economic success, creates and secures jobs and offers networks for exchange. For example, the former concept for key industries developed jointly with the Niederrhein University of Applied Sciences has now been incorporated into a new strategy that focuses on six key areas of action: (1) corporate services, (2) networks, trend scouting and collaboration, (3) management of the young skilled workers of tomorrow, (4) digital infrastructure development, (5) downtown development and retail, and (6) startup promotion.
And always with the further development of Mönchengladbach as a business location in mind! So please don’t expect any navel-gazing on this page and as part of our anniversary activities – but rather a wide variety of actions and examples of how we have contributed, are contributing and will contribute in the future with our work to push the city of Mönchengladbach forward economically.