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Our Committee promotes cooperation, mutual understanding, and friendship between the citizens of Baltimore in Maryland, U.S.A. and Rotterdam in The Netherlands.

Rotterdam skyline with Erasmus Bridge and Kop van Zuid

Twin Cities

Baltimore and Rotterdam are both modern cities, because of historical events.  Rotterdam’s central city district was destroyed at the beginning of World War II.  Faced with the task of rebuilding the city, Rotterdam chose to embrace the future rather than to resurrect the past - becoming a showplace for modern architecture in Europe.  The city center of Baltimore was destroyed in 1904 by the Great Fire. So both cities were built from the ground up during the 20th century. 

Rotterdam and Baltimore have approximately the same geographical and population size. These two cities have in common a deep maritime history, large port operations in estuarine waters, and both are home to prestigious universities, medical schools, world-class museums and other cultural institutions, and burgeoning tech/startup scenes. They share many of the issues and opportunities common to many large, modern cities with diverse populations.

Baltimore Inner Harbor skyline

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Venture Cafe Rotterdam

June 14,2018

Go International: US/Maryland/Baltimore: Expansion is easier than you think.

Are you a Dutch company looking to expand into the US market? Baltimore-Rotterdam committee is coordinating 2 free sessions at Venture Cafe in Rotterdam on June 14 to help you get there, using Maryland as an anchor and starting point.

Location: Stationsplein 45, A4.004, 3013 AK, Rotterdam (4th floor of Groot Handelsgebouw)

Session 1 17:30 / Expand your Dutch business to the USA

Session 2 18:30 / The Maryland-Netherlands Cybersecurity Soft Landing Program

More info and RSVP

Win an Orioles Skybox!

Sister Cities Raffle

Note: When you buy a ticket, designate the Rotterdam team to ensure that a portion of your purchase will go to the Baltimore-Rotterdam committee! Deadline is June 23!

More information and buy raffle tickets

Raffle Tickets - Baltimore Orioles - only 400 tickets will be sold!

Kids participating in an Operation Trash event

Operation Trash educational activities

Theatre artist & educator Kathie diStefano from Rotterdam’s Avalanche Arts designs and coordinates creative educational activities for kids in Baltimore & Rotterdam to make them aware of trash pollution and how they can help solve it. A Baltimore-Rotterdam online school exchange program took place in spring 2018, and other activities are being planned for the coming year.

More information about the spring program on our HarborTraces website

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