Regiopolis – definition
Regiopolis is a term of regional development and spatial planning which is a composition of regio (region) and polis (city). It describes cities beyond metropolises which function as a centre of regional development, as a location for knowledge society and as a centre of attraction for its mostly rural surrounding area. It was established as a study term by Professors of the University of Kassel in 2006 when a new topic of research and politics has been developed.
Regiopolises are higher-order central places which play an important role in addition to the aspect of supply. Because of their smaller size they cannot reach the status as a metropolis, therefore regiopolises can be characterized as the “smaller sister” of the metropolises.
Analogously to the metropolis region, the region surrounding a regiopolis is called regiopolis region.
Further information to identify potential regiopolises are to be found here > www.regiopole.de.
The Rostock regiopolis region
As the first German regiopolis, the Rostock regiopolis region takes the leadership role in establishing the idea of regiopolises. Its spatial extent is not measured by reference to the administrative boarders, but by the everyday reality and the action scope of its residents. Hence the regiopolis region is also a part of the area of the Planning Association Rostock which includes the hanseatic city as well as the administrative district, but its scope can be seen even bigger until Denmark. The Rostock regiopolis region pursues the following two aims:
- On the one hand the intra-regional collaboration is supposed to be strengthened. The ongoing process includes conferences and one-on-one conversations with regional mayors to get to know their ideas about the regiopolis region. The first municipalities have already confessed to the decision of the council in favor of the regiopolis region. The variety of actions is combined in an action plan.
- On the other hand an improvement of the inter-regional awareness of the Rostock regiopolis region is intended within Germany and Europe. The term regiopolis is supposed to be associated with an innovative growing area which is established besides the term of metropolises. Furthermore the term shall become an own category within formal regional development.
A step forward is the solidarity with other potential regiopolises, which is carried through a working network on the level of the federal republic.
The planning association supports the initiative with financial and human resources as well as equipment. The office is situated within the office of the Planning Association.
Nadine Boese and Kathleen Bartels work in the project team of the Rostock regiopolis region. They coordinate the activities of the regiopolis region and its internal as well as external representation.
These tasks are perceived by the Rostock regiopolis region initiative, which includes the administrative district Rostock, the hanseatic city of Rostock, the Chamber of Industry and Commerce Rostock, the Region Rostock Marketing Initiative e.V., the cities of Bad Doberan, Güstrow, Teterow and Ribnitz-Dammgarten as well as the federal state of Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania and the Planning Association Region Rostock.
Contacts of the Planning Association Region Rostock are Gerd Schäde (office manager) and Lena Fischer.