The initiative is an urban and economic transformation project that will transform the northern part of Medellin into an innovation cluster of entrepreneurs, companies and institutions focused on the knowledge economy. Together, they will enhance the ecosystem and train the workforce of the future.
Route N is a corporation separate from Medellin’s Mayoralty. Government still has influence in the direction of Route N due to Mayor has a seat in its board of directors. However, this board is also composed by managers of other private, public and mixed companies like the Chamber of Commerce for Antioquia, the Private Competitiveness Council of Colombia, EAFIT University, Antioquia University, EPM (Medellin’s Public Enterprises) and Une (Medellin’s Telco).
Long ago, this area was all water. The NDSM story began in the nineteenth century with land that was sprayed in the IJ. For a century, ships were built here, at the largest shipyard in Amsterdam. Whole neighborhoods in North Amsterdam, including Tuindorp Oostzaan, were built to house the wharf employees. The district is closely interwoven with the industry. The Nederlandse Droogdok en Scheepsbouw Maatschappij (Dutch Dock and Shipbuilding Company) went bankrupt in 1984 after a restart as NSM.
RDM Rotterdam is the innovation showcase of the Rotterdam port area, where applied science is visualized in an attractive way. Right in the center of the port – yet surprisingly close to the city – the former shipyard of the Rotterdam Drydock Company (RDM) accommodates businesses, education and research. Together they are shaping the new manufacturing industry for both the port and city. A variety of business and cultural events complements this and makes for a dynamic and energetic RDM, a place you must see!