GACC NY Provides Insight on Germany-US Trade Status at IHK Business Forum in Hanover
The German Chamber of Industry and Commerce (IHK) last month hosted a round table discussion in Hanover, Germany, on the current state of US-German trade.

This forum, led by IHK Foreign Trade Expert Tilmann Brunner, specifically highlighted how companies based in Lower Saxony with business in the US are being impacted. Participants included local business leaders as well as experts on the US and German economies. Brunner pointed out that a similar gathering took place 10 years ago.
Dietmar Rieg of the GACC NY provided a GACC perspective on the US business climate. He said the American economy primarily has remained strong over the last year, and added that the GACC continues to facilitate the solid business relations between Germany and the US. Rieg highlighted partnerships with US companies and educational institutions to support apprenticeship programs in the US as a prime example of effective US-Germany collaboration.

Pictured above (from left): Dr. Horst Schrage, IHK Hanover, Consul General Richard Yoneoka and Dietmar Rieg

Read more about the Hanover round table discussion in Neuepresse.de article
STEP USA Pitch Night Spotlights Startup Talent
Innovative entrepreneurial spirit was again on display this month when nine eager startups showcased their business concepts at the GACC NY's latest STEP USA pitch night.

More than 90 participants attended the pitch night, including the featured startups, potential investors and other interested guests. The event took place at Deutsche Bank Labs in downtown Manhattan, reinforcing New York City's increasing status as a leading startup and global tech environment.
This current group of startups included: Youki, Invent Science, Keeno!, Ideapeak, Nitrobox, Convercycle, Placetrace, license.rocks and 3DQR. Their pitches were reviewed by an investor panel comprised of: Han Jing (Associate, Differential VC), Seth Master (Investor, New York Angels), Ihar Mahaniok (Angel Investor, Empire Angels), Sumay Parikh (General Partner, Quake Capital)

The STEP USA program was launched in 2014 to provide young companies with opportunities to experience the fast-growing New York technology scene and get to know the startup ecosytstem. Participants interact with industry experts, mentors, VCs and savvy entrepreneurs on how to succeed in the US.
To date, more than 240 start-ups have participated in the STEP USA program with lasting success, and they are part of our growing alumni network.

Click here for more info on STEP USA
GACC NY Speaks to Students About Apprenticeship Opportunities in Advanced Manufacturing
Driving through the rolling hills of rural Sussex New Jersey, GACC NY representatives Matthew Allen and Alexandra Hoffmann (pictured standing on left) made their way to High Point Regional High School. The school, located amidst vast farmland, is home to two CNC machines and an outstanding curriculum surrounding them.

Students at High Point have a knack for building things. Surrounded by various unique projects, Matthew and Alexandra took part in a team building exercise that explained the process of learning a skill. This technique was an engaging way to enrich the students minds on how “learning by doing” is one of the best ways to learn a skill. The exercise correlated with apprenticeship and how apprentices learn advanced skills through hands-on experience. 

GACC NY to Host Retail Fact Finding Mission to NY
The GACC NY will host a German delegation from the state of Baden-Württemberg in New York from May 21-24, 2019, focusing on current trends and technologies in the retail industry.
The one-week program offers a variety of benefits to German and US participants:
  • Meet with innovative retail tech startups and companies to learn about current trends and take a deep-dive in the digital transformation of the industry
  • Connect with German and US decision makers and stakeholders in the retail industry for an exchange of know-how and an expansion of your network
  • Take part in site-visits and meetings with industry thought-leaders to gain insights and feedback to enable a transformation in your own strategy
  • Immerse yourself in a week of opportunities for potential cooperation on both sides of the Atlantic

The trip will be organized in cooperation with the Chamber of Industry and Commerce Rhein-Neckar.

Interested German participants, can find further details and apply for the program here . Application deadline is March 31, 2019.
US contacts interested in the German delegation should contact: consulting@gaccny.com and visit our website .
GACC NY Career and Education News
Forging Ties with J-1 Sponsorship Companies

The GACC NY Career and Education Services department's continued success in placing J-1 participants requires dedicated relationship building with participating companies in the US.

As part of this effort, Cindy Klarwasser, Senior Manager of Career and Education Services, met last week with two of our key host companies in the J-1 Exchange Visitor Program.

Her first stop was the BMW plant in Spartanburg, SC, where she conducted an orientation for newly arrived J-1 interns. Over the past years the GACC NY has sponsored over 120 J-1 participants for BMW Manufacturing per year. During an exclusive plant tour, Cindy learned about the manufacturing process for BMW's X3 and X4 cars.

In Atlanta, Cindy visited Mercedes Benz USA at their new US headquarters, where she also met with J-1 participants sponsored by the GACC NY.

She then hosted a meet and greet for Exchange Visitors in the metro Atlanta area, with programs at host companies su ch a s ElringKlinger, Mercedes Benz, Lufthansa Cargo and Porsche North America.

Advocating for Cultural Exchange Programs
Last week, Career and Education Services Manager Sarah Diehl participated in Advocacy Day, an event in Washington, DC, organized by the Alliance for International Exchange to promote cultural exchange among US legislators.
While in DC, she met with South Carolina Senator Tim Scott, as well as SC congressmen Joe Cunningham and Tom Rice to discuss the importance of the GACC's exchange programs. 13% of our program participants head to South Carolina for their internships and traineeships.
“The Southern US is an essential region for the GACC's programs, and we are excited to build lasting relationships with the local representation in South Carolina,” says Sarah (pictured).
GACC NY Guides Connecticut's Goodwin College College in High Tech Workforce Development
The GACC NY is partnering with Goodwin College in East Hartford to construct the first ever dual track training program in “ Mechatronics ” based on the vocational guidelines in Germany. Goodwin’s architect of this curriculum is Dr. Cliff Thermer, Department Chair for Business, Management and Advanced Manufacturing.

As word has spread about this workforce initiative, a cluster of companies throughout central Connecticut has taken shape.

Under the name “Connecticut Consortium for German Dual Apprenticeship Training” the group has been meeting at Goodwin College (pictured) several times already to give Dr. Thermer its feedback on how to construct a mechatronics curriculum which will meet their needs. The most recent meeting this past February included a mix of 25 company heads, managers and technicians.

The seeds for this endeavor were planted in May 2018, when the GACC NY invited company executives and training experts from Connecticut to a roundtable discussion on workforce development in the state.

Click here to read more , or contact Thomas Dzimian, Senior Manager – Workforce Development at the GACC NY. Tel: 212-584-9744 / tdzimian@gaccny.com.
Taste of Germany Roadshow in July 2019
Germany and the US are united by deep historical ties, shared values and bold visions for the future. The Wunderbar Together initiative celebrates the transatlantic partnership through dialogue, experiences and promotional events all year round, knowing that the United States and Germany are stronger together, as friends and partners.

As part of the Wunderbar Together campaign, the culinary roadshow titled “A Taste of Germany” will present German foods and beverages to a US audience July 22-26, 2019 . The five-day roadshow across the Northeastern US is making stops in Bethlehem (PA), Pittsburgh (PA), Buffalo (NY), Rochester (NY) and Albany (NY).
The tasting events aim to connect US and German culture through traditional as well as innovative German foods and beverages. Moreover, the project will foster business relationships between German and US counterparts through networking sessions, workshops and expert presentations.
If you are looking to contribute to this event, please contact us for details at consulting@gaccny.com . We welcome German businesses of the food&beverage industry as well as related organizations and cultural institutions.
Upcoming Events
Register Now for the GACC NY White Asparagus Gala Dinner! - May 9

Sponsorship Packages Available

We’ll celebrate this popular culinary German tradition at one of New York’s premier locations, Tribeca Rooftop. You’ll mix and mingle with a crowd of more than 350 GACC NY members, including top-level representatives of German and US firms and their guests. 
German American Smart Transportation Forum - March 19 in NYC

The event will focus on smart transportation and mobility solutions and bring together experts from Germany and local US innovators to discuss ways to cooperate. As part of the Forum, a German delegation will present their latest products and technologies to ensure more energy efficient transportation and mobility solutions. Click here for registration and event details .
EACC Pitch&Mix: Real Estate Focus
Tuesday, April 2
6:30 - 9:00 PM

Automotive & Mobility Forum
Tuesday, April 23
5:00 - 8:30 PM

Women in Business Workshop
Tuesday, April 30
12:00 - 2:00 PM

GACC Annual Meeting
Thursday, May 9
12:30 - 3:00 PM

STEP Pitch Night
Wednesday, May 22
6:30 - 9:30 PM

EACC Spring Networking Event
Thursday, May 23
6:00 - 9:00 PM

Moving Forward Conference
Thursday, May 30
8:00 AM - 6:00 PM

German American Business Forum
Tuesday, June 4 (Potsdam, Germany)
8:30 AM - 6:30 PM
Job Market
The GACC NY supports companies in recruiting skilled personnel as well as applicants in finding permanent employment or internships in the US through posted job advertisements.

The GACC NY is currently looking for: 
  • Internship at Germany Trade & Invest
  • Internship Business Development Consulting
  • Trainee Legal Services
Detail on these listings can be found at  www.gacctalentnetwork.com .
GACC NY 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 .
Trade Fairs
METPACK (May 5-9) is the world's most important meeting place and the leading trade fair for the international metal packaging industry in Essen, Germany . Market leaders and myriad companies from the metal packaging industry present their innovations here every three years. More than 300 exhibitors - 80 percent from 25 nations worldwide - will present their products to over 7,000 visitors. The application for METPACK is now available!

Apply before the May 31, 2019 deadline.

Click here to see the exhibitor list from the last show.

For more information and the application documents, please contact Karen Vogelsang. 
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