On 26. and 27. June 2006 the final conference with representatives of all three project's partners took place in Dorsten.
Objective of the final conference was first of all the discussion of still open questions, when they still couldn't been considered in the first draft of the investor's guide. Furthermore the project partners gave an account of the experiences they made within the project's process. On the one side commonalties have been exposed. On the other hand it became clear, that different basic conditions - both in the frame of marketing and in the frame of defined recommendations within site-recycling - could not be unconsidered. All project partners agree that by the mutual exchange of experiences within the project's process, precious impulses for the further work arised. In this context it is remarkable that also political representatives gain insight into the activities and strategies of the partners.
The aspect of international co-operation on a local level was discussed more intensively. In this connection it was emphasised that all partners gained valuable new factual experiences and conclusions in the range of site-recycling and marketing. Indeed it was specially remarked that different administrative conditions and structures sometimes caused delays. But all in all the participants agree that the project is a very positive example for a intercommunal co-operation on European level.
The project partner agree that the aspect of sustainability demands special attention. In the range of execution this means the regular updating of data and also the continuation of the exchange of experiences concerning single factual sectors of the project. This especially applies to the published investor's guide, because marketing and settlement are an ambitious aim for the future. The updating demands also in the future a good co-operation of the partners. All partners agree that this should be possible on eased conditions, because within the project good personal contacts arised.
In this context also the further common activities in the range of public relation have been discussed. Topics have not only been the presentation on the website of the subproject leader. Also the publication of the handbooks (in particular the investor's guide) in a reduced run, to guarantee a permanent up-to-dateness by necessary adjustments and changes. Furthermore the partners agreed to publish the handbooks in the form of a CD ROM. In particular the publications are dedicated for potential investors, who can easier get an overview about the situation in the three town by that. The project partners agree that the investor's guide marks - by the provision of comprehensive information - an important first step to allow potential investors a very good overview about the general and special conditions of the locations
In the frame of an inspection (MGG headquarter in Essen (mining property company; subsidiary company of RAG) the participants got an insight into the structures of industrial wastelands marketing. For this purpose Mr. Quecke and Dr. Edelmann from the MGG-management gave an overview about composition, tasks and structure of the company. Tasks of the MGG are the development and marketing of captive (RAG) and external territories. The territories owned by "Deutsche Steinkohle AG" are rehabilitated first of all and then sold to the MGG, which takes over marketing and negotiations with potential investors.
Within the subsequent inspection of the former mines Consol 3/4/9 in Gelsenkirchen and Ewald 1/2/7 in Herten it was very impressively clarified to which extent rehabilitation measures at buildings and soil are necessary as inevitable investments. Not only already existing settlings on wastelands but also conducted investments (especially in buildings) are part of successful rehabilitation measures.
In a press conference (second conference day) the first edition of the investor's guide was presented. The subproject leader presented the objectives, procedure and results of the project to the representatives of the press.
Finally an inspection of the gasometer in Oberhausen - an excellent monument of industrial culture used for cultural purposes - took place. Here the conference participants got a very good overview about a successfully revitalised former industrial territory. It is a really good example for site-recycling due to the diversity of utilisations (housing, industry, trade, leisure, traffic.