Haarlem and Harlem strengthen their ties

Visit from metropolitan New York to Haarlem

In mid-2017, Ms. Gale A. Brewer, Borough President of Manhattan, and Mayor of Haarlem Jos Wienen agreed to work together in the areas of economics, culture and education. After a working visit to New York, this time Ms. Brewer will be travelling to Haarlem for inspiration and to exchange knowledge on innovation, start-ups, culture and talent development.

Haarlem is very pleased with the continuing collaboration and is offering a cultural and economic programme in which entrepreneurs are given the opportunity to expand their network within the United States. Ms. Brewer will be visiting Haarlem on February 2 and 3 2018.

Mayor Wienen: “New York is a metropolis with an enormous cultural and economic atmosphere. The city is bustling with new developments that everyone wants to learn from. It is great to have a city like that linked to Haarlem. It allows us to encourage new impulses in Haarlem, both economic and cultural. In return, Haarlem offers Manhattan a great connection to historic Europe. Furthermore, Haarlem and Harlem share a name and a piece of history. In terms of cultural and economic innovation, we will make a new piece of history together.”

“I am thrilled to finally visit Manhattan’s sister city of Haarlem, and am honored to join Mayor Wienen and continue building cultural, academic, and economic partnerships between our borough and this magnificent city,” said Manhattan Borough President Brewer. “From our centuries-old heritage as major port cities to our bright future as rising hubs for tech jobs and innovation, we have so much in common and much to gain from each other.”

The initiative for the city exchange came from Valerie Vallenduuk of PresentYourstartup. This Haarlem entrepreneur organizes live Matchmaking Events where start-ups can raise money from investors. The events, which started in Haarlem, are now held nationally and internationally.

New York consists of five boroughs. Harlem can be found in the northern part of the Borough of Manhattan. It was founded in 1658 by Director-General Peter Stuyvesant as Nieuw-Haarlem.