Bundestag Member Peter Beyer Shares Insights on Transatlantic Relations and Current EU Issues
GACC NY hosted a special roundtable discussion last month featuring Peter Beyer, Member of the Bundestag, who graciously took time from his busy schedule for an
Peter Beyer
informal briefing and candid exchanges with members of the GACC NY Board of Directors. The group convened at the GACC NY office in downtown Manhattan. Beyer has been a member of the Bundestag since 2009 and currently is a member of the Committee on Foreign Affairs, where he serves as his parliamentary group's rapporteur on relations with Kosovo, Montenegro and Serbia.

Beyer began his roundtable conversation by expressing how encouraged he is that after four months of intense negotiations Germany reached an agreement to form a coalition government. He pointed out that compromises made to form the government ensure the continued stability of Germany - something that is reassuring to Europe and the rest of the world. He said key German government ministries have been filled but others are still in the process of being confirme.
German-American Business Forum (DAWT) Set for June
The German American Chambers of Commerce, in cooperation with the Chamber of Commerce and Industry of the Stuttgart Region, present t he 5th German-American Business Forum on June 21, 2018 in Stuttgart, Germany.The event targets German companies that are seeking to establish business relationships within the US, and focuses on consulting, discussions, as well as workshops addressing practical questions about doing business in the USA.The business forum provides an exclusive platform to network and exchange ideas with some of the highest-ranking representatives of German companies in the US.With over 300 guests from a wide variety of industries, including manufacturing, automotive, as well as financial services, we anticipate an impressive turnout for this event.

This year, the Business Forum is partnering with the Trade Fair Global Connect.
For more information and registration, please visit our event website.

Die Veranstaltung richtet sich an deutsche Unternehmen, die Wirtschaftsbeziehungen zu den USA auf- oder ausbauen möchten. Im Mittelpunkt der ganztägigen Veranstaltung stehen Diskussionen und Präsentationen, bei denen Unternehmensvertreter aus den USA (US-Firmen oder deutsche Tochterunternehmen) über ihre Erfahrungen berichten, Chancen und Industrietrends aufzeigen und auf potenzielle Hürden im täglichen Geschäft hinweisen. Mit einer Vielfalt von aktuellen Fragestellungen der deutsch-amerikanischen Wirtschaftsbeziehungen will die eintägige Konferenz zum Austausch anregen und strategische und praktische Ideen bieten. Wir erwarten mehr als 300 Vertreter deutscher und amerikanischer Unternehmen, sowie hochrangige Vertreter aus Politik und Wirtschaft.
Recent Events
Transforming Manufacturing in the Digital Age
Over the past several years, the German American Chamber of Commerce, Inc. (GACC NY) has expanded its portfolio of valuable services to include unique platforms for idea sharing to assist businesses in navigating today's rapidly evolving digital developments in manufacturing. One prime example of the GACC NY's important role on this front is a recent forum : The Digital Transformation of Manufacturing Industries.
The event took place at the German House, at UN Plaza in New York City, in collaboration with the German National Academy of Science and Engineering (acatech) and  MÜNCHNER KREIS, the leading independent platform providing orientation for decision makers in the digital world, based in Germany. Attendees included a mix of German and American business leaders, along with academics in the fields of business innovation and technology. 

Jens Janik, Deputy Consul General, Consulate of the Federal Republic of Germany, joined Dietmar Rieg, President & CEO of the German American Chamber of Commerce, Inc. New York, in greeting more than120 guests in attendance.

Keynote speaker was Prof. Dr. Henning K
agermann, President of acatech and appointed Global Representative and Advisor of the Plattform Industrie 4.0. The forum featured two sessions:The Future of Key Technologies and Future Business Models.There were also two panel discussions, one moderated by Prof. Dr. Wolfgang Wahlster, CEO of the German Research Center for Artificial Intelligence (DFKI), who helped in shaping the German future project Industrie 4.0. The second panel was moderated by Prof. Dr. Michael Dowling,Professor for Innovation and Technology Management in the Faculty of Business and Economics at the University of Regensburg in Germany, and Chairman of the Board of MÜNCHNER KREIS. 

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Workshop on New European Data Protection Regulation
The spotlight on data protection is becoming quite intense, especially in light of the recent controversy involving Facebook. But even before that occurred, this topic was making headlines with Europe's impending General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), set to go into effect this May 25.

With this in mind, the GACC NY organized a two-hour lunch workshop last month to explain the basics of GDPR and what its implications will be for US and European businesses operating on both sides of the Atlantic. Alexander C. Opaschowski, Ernst & Young's (EY) German Business Center Leader for North America & Mexico, welcomed more than 20 participants at the Times Square office of EY. Fabrice Naftalski, Global Head of Data Protection and IP/IT Law at EY, led the discussion and took questions from the business professionals in attendance.

The audience was quite eager to learn how GDPR will affect their particular business processes. Potential scenarios for US companies under the new regulation were put forth, and questions surfaced about what will be required of these companies to properly adapt. C learly, this is a topic that will continue to unfold.

Lafayette College dedicates Max Kade Haus for German Studies and Visiting Scholars
On March 20th, GACC Philadelphia Executive Director, Lydia Sarson, and GACC Director of Operations, Matthew Allen, joined faculty, staff and students of Lafayette College in Easton, PA, in dedicating the new Max Kade Haus for German Studies and Visiting Scholars . The event was also attended by representatives of the German-American business community and state government
Participants the dedication ceremony.
For decades, the Max Kade Foundation, named for a successful German businessman who immigrated to New York in early the 20th century, has supported German studies programs around the world.
In 2003, Lafayette completed construction on the Max Kade Center, housed in a smart classroom renovated in part with money donated by the foundation. Dr. Margarete Lamb-Faffelberger, Professor of German at Lafayette, launched the Max Kade Distinguished Lecturer Series, the Writer-in-Residence program and the Professor-in-Residence program.  Their efforts culminated with the opening of the Max Kade Haus.
Lydia Sarson, GACC Phila., gears up for a VR experience at the new Max Kade Center.
"It is our hope that the Max Kade Haus becomes a central part of the linguistic, cultural and intellectual atmosphere of Lafayette's German program, thereby inspiring our society's future citizens, leaders, professors and teachers," said Karin Gerbavsits, representative from the Max Kade Foundation.
Upcoming Events
Back by Popular Demand: Our 6th Annual Automotive Forum 

Base on the high marks participants gave to last year's Automotive Forum, the GACC NY is again offering this informative and engaging event on April 16. You'll find out what the auto industry of the future will look like, and what transformative steps will be required to ensure its success. 

Join us for presentations by experts from  BMW's Reach Now,  Stratim, Coord and KPMG. Among the observations they'll make are where New York City stands in adapting to the rapidly changing automotive industry. If you missed last year's forum, here's your chance to get up to speed on the latest developments!

White Asparagus Gala Dinner
Join us May 10 for an evening of prime networking and a sumptuous dining experience that includes traditional German white asparagus imported from Spargelhof Schulze in Germany. The event starts with a cocktail reception on Tribeca Rooftop followed by a three-course dinner and after-party by Jägermeister.

Alumni Pitch Night & Party
June 21
Stuttgart, Germany

10 startups get thechance to get on stage and pitch!
We have reserved 5 slots for STEP USA Alumni and 5 slots for new startups that would like to win a free ticket for the STEP program.
If you are interested in pitching your company to this worthwhile audience reserve one of our limited pitch slots by signing up  here

Click here for event details.

Nordrhein-Westfalen to Silicon Valley

September 9-14

After three successful STEP programs with trips to New York - in cooperation with Nordrhein-Westfalen International - we are delighted to offer a trip to the US West Coast. 

Rheinland-Pfalz to New York City
September 16-21

We are excited to announce the first government-funded STEP USA trip to New York for 10 startups exclusively from the Rheinland-Pfalz region of Germany!

STEP USA Success Stories

Click here to take a look at some of the fascinating and innovative businesses we're proud to count among our STEP alumni!

We encourge all future alumni to post your achievements with us as well!

Job Market
The German American Chamber of Commerce (GACC) New York supports companies in recruiting skilled personnel as well as applicants in finding permanent employment or internships in the U.S. through posted job advertisements.
The GACC is currently looking for:
  • Intern for Germany Trade & Invest
  • Trainee Legal Services
Our clients are looking for:
  • Trend Scout (m/f) for the State of Schleswig-Holsteing (Germany) in San Francisco
The listings can be found on www.gacctalentnetwork.com
The German American Chamber of Commerce is also an official sponsor for J-1 visas in the categories of "Intern" and "Trainees" and can help you in obtaining your J-1 visa. Please contact us at visa@gaccny.com and visit our website at  www.go-j1.com

GACC NY Career Services
Career Services Team Participates in J-1 Visa Advocacy Day
GACC New York Career Services team members Chris Gallagher, Sarah Diehl and Jessica von Tresckow spent a few days in Washington, DC last month visiting congressional offices to engage with elected officials on  J-1 visa intern and trainee programs.

The team joined more than 100 members of The Alliance for International Exchange - the leading collective public policy voice of the exchange community - in meeting with Senate and House staff to convey how much companies and communities throughout the US benefit from J-1 visa programs.

During this annual Advocacy Day, exchange sector professionals visited more than 100 congressional offices representing both parties from over 30 states to promote these valuable State Department programs.The international exchanges enjoy bipartisan support in both the House and Senate; in districts as diverse as rural Georgia to midtown Manhattan.

"Representative Sanford's office (SC-1) was very enthusiastic to learn how the J-1 visa supports the many German companies in the first district - and the local jobs they represent," Gallagher noted.

GACC New York Career Services has participated in The Alliance Advocacy Day for five consecutive years, promoting two J-1 programs: trainee and intern. Both visa options give young people from around the world the chance to experience American culture, business and technology. In return, GACC member companies benefit from the hard work, enthusiasm and innovative spirit of J-1 participants.

Trade Fairs
Sustainability & Recycling Experts to Gather at IFAT
This year's IFAT will take place from May 14-18, with an increased exhibition space at Munich's exhibition center. More than 3,100 exhibitors will showcase all aspects of water supply and disposal alongside specialists in waste treatment and recycling. The focus is on innovative concepts for recovering secondary raw materials as well as sustainable ways of handling resources. IFAT 2018 features a unique range of strategies and solutions to tackle diverse and complex global challenges.
Visitors to IFAT 2018 can expect two new exhibition halls plus a new layout,for a clearer structure of the two core areas: Waste and Secondary Raw Materials, as well as Water and Sewage. The show takes place on nearly three million sq.ft., in all halls and some of the outdoor area. Come and discover the latest technology and innovations in water, sewage, waste and raw materials management.

IFAT emphasizes future topics

The 2018  show will, for the first time, also incorporate the issue of "sustainability in road construction". This special feature will will address resource-saving procedures and machines as well as durable materials for road engineering.
Online registration for IFAT 2018 is now open! Get your Print@home-Ticket with just a few mouse clicks. Your Print@home-Ticket ensures you fast and easy access to the fair ground and saves you time and money.
Join the World's Leading Trade Fair for Water, Sewage, Waste and Raw Materials Management - IFAT in May now!

Click here for details on the show.

GACC NY Welcomes Our New Members

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