The experts praised the region’s positive investment climate, good infrastructure, low costs and its convenient geographical location. The logistics business meanwhile accounts for approx. 40,000 jobs in the Hannover region and, as an expanding crosssectoral industry, continues to play a central role in regional economic development. The availability of commercial and industrial sites is regularly monitored to promote site marketing for companies planning to set up business here or expand their existing facilities. New infrastructure projects are also in the pipeline to exploit the potential resulting from the enlargement of the EU towards the east.