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In This Issue
AGP Chairman's Remarks
Photo Gallery
German Author Cornelia Franz
AGP Young Professionals
RAPA Awarded
Partnership between Lawson State and Mercedes-Benz
SWJ Technology Moving
Made in Alabama
Germany Avoids Recession
German Heritage in Letters

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AGP Chairman's Remarks
By Bobby Ingram, JamisonMoneyFarmer

The Alabama Germany Partnership held it's 21st Annual Dinner on March 7, 2019. Regions Field was an outstanding venue, allowing for enjoyable networking and a large silent auction prior to our seated meal. The event was a sell-out once again and our speakers for the evening were exceptional.

Mayor Randall Woodfin welcomed the crowd and shared his excitement for Birmingham's future as well as its commitment to training its citizens to be more competitive in the present and future job markets.

Next, Alabama's Honorary Consul General, Michael Johnson, introduced Dr. Ursina Krumpholz, the Minister-Counselor and Head of the Economic and Business Section of the Embassy of the Federal Republic of Germany. Dr. Krumpholz shared her observations of the current climate of the business and trade relationship between Germany and the USA, with specific perspectives on Alabama's role in the relationship.

Our gracious exclusive sponsor, The Alabama Community College System, was well represented by Jeff Lynn, its Vice Chancellor of Workforce and Economic Development. Jeff shared the efforts and successes of the Alabama Community College System in preparing students for industry through their numerous apprenticeship programs and ready-to-work initiatives. He then introduced our keynote speaker for the evening, Mr. Jonathan Porter, Chair of the 2021 World Games to be held in Birmingham.

Please continue reading the  Chairman's full remarks here.

Photo Gallery from AGP Annual Celebration Dinner

Please enjoy AGP 21st Annual Celebration Dinner's photo gallery here! 

Alabama Welcomes German Author Cornelia Franz
By Adam Martin, German Teacher, Auburn High School
Author Cornelia Franz

Our guest author from Hamburg, Germany, Cornelia Franz, has written several successful children's and young adult books, travel guides and novels for grown-ups. After completing German and American studies at the university level, as well as undertaking many adventurous travels and diverse jobs, she apprenticed as a publisher's bookseller and worked for several years as an editor.
It is with great anticipation that we welcome Cornelia to Alabama on her second "Lesereise" (reading tour) of which she will be reading and sharing her works with middle-school aged, secondary and university students across the State. She will also be working with our German teachers in their classrooms to help inspire and encourage language students with their German writing and reading skills. Some AGP members may remember that when Cornelia visited us in 2012, she captivated the hearts of both German teachers and students alike. Her creative work deals at various times with teenagers learning to live and make decisions out of conflict, but always with a contemporary and cultural twist, readily recognizable to young readers today.
A 21st-century perspective to climate change and its effects on society have been detailed in her 2012 novel, Ins Nordlicht Blicken (Gazing into the Northern Lights),which won several regional awards in Germany and became required reading or " Prüfungslektüre " for secondary students in Baden-Württemburg in 2016, with Niedersachsen and Saarland following to adopt the text in 2017.
Her most recent book, So fremd, so schön (So different, so beautiful), dealing with current immigrant relationships in Germany (and representing Birmingham, Alabama!) was published to acclaim in 2016 by Deutscher Taschenbuch Verlag.
It will be presented at a reading at Samford University as part of her Alabama "Lesereise" - free to the community. Join us:

Monday, April 8
7:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Chapman Hall, Room 322
Samford University, Birmingham

Visitors can park in lot 41a on the map 

AGP Young Professionals Leadership Group
By Tine Hoffmeister

AGP Young Professional's new leadership group hosted their first social hour at Pilcrow Cocktail Cellar in Birmingham last month. The group have appointed Pauline Langemann as the leader for the group.

The leadership group from the left:
  • John Stephen Hutchinson, UAB & AGP Intern
  • Daniel Dueren, abatAdah Group
  • Pauline Langemann, Star Cooperation
  • Bree Williams, Standridge Logistics & Consulting
  • Carlos Barahona, Universal Logistics Services
  • Diva Hall, Stillman College

Not in picture:
  • Harry Eldred, Page & Jones
  • Felix Faerber, Baker Donelson
  • Lucas Gockel, Calhoun County EDC
  • Viki Gryska, JamisonMoneyFarmer
Please reserve the date for the next Young Professional event: Thursday, May 9. 

RAPA Awarded with the Daimler Special Award for Innovation
Press Release by RAPA

Winner of the Special Award category: Rausch & Pausch GmbH. From left to right: Ola Källenius, Manager of Daimler AG for Group Research and Mercedes-Benz Cars Development, Dr. Roman Pausch, Rausch & Pausch GmbH, Judith Rakers.

Once a year, Daimler presents its Daimler Supplier Award to acknowledge the exceptional services and partnerships with ten suppliers over the previous year. Their services are rated in the categories of quality, partnership and innovation, profitability, reliability and sustainability based on trust and communication are also evaluated.
In the last five years, Rausch & Pausch has developed a unique engine-pump unitreferred to asthe E-ACTIVE BODY CONTROL chassis, with a finely-tuned and intelligent control which enables the leveling of the vehicle in any driving situation. The vehicle can also take any challenging or switchback turn safely. For this high-tech, innovative development for the new Mercedes-Benz GLE, RAPA has received the Special Award for Innovation from Daimler.

On the evening of Wednesday, 20 February 2019, Horst Pausch and Dr. Roman Pausch traveled to the presentation event of this year's Daimler Awards in Stuttgart, Germany. After an evening of celebration around the vast improvements within Daimler as a whole, the trophy was presented to Dr. Roman Pausch by Ola Källenius, Manager of Daimler AG for Group Research and Mercedes-Benz Cars Development. "This award goes in particular to our RAPA project team who have been working on the development of this worldwide innovation with enthusiasm and a lot of perspiration over the last few years", the RAPA CEO said proudly. Dr. Pausch is the 4th generation of his family to manage the family-owned company based in Selb, Southeast Germany.

Please read RAPA's Full Press Release Here.  
Lawson State, Mercedes-Benz Partner to Help Automotive Industry Talent Pipeline
by Monica Levitan, CCNEWSNOW.com

Lawson State Community College has partnered with Mercedes-Benz U.S. International Inc. (MBUSI) to launch a new certificate program as part of an effort to add to the automotive industry talent pipeline. Applications for the Mercedes Tech Certificate program are now open.

"We want to increase the skill level of entry level production team members and to help them get a jump start on being future leaders in our production operations," said outgoing president and CEO of MBUSI Jason Hoff. "Lawson is a welcome addition to our growing number of community colleges helping to grow our future workforce."

SWJ Technology Moving Their Headquarters 
By Jason Morton, Tuscaloosanews.com

A German engineering, planning and project management services company will soon open its new North American headquarters in Alberta.

SWJ Technology, a worldwide company that started in 2003 in Frankfurt, Germany, was awarded a $200,000 federal grant through the city's Innovate Tuscaloosa program on Tuesday.

This award was a major factor in SWJ Technology choosing Tuscaloosa over Chattanooga, Tennessee, or Greenville, South Carolina, as the central hub of its U.S. and Mexican operations, said company president Wolfgang Kneer.

Alabama to deliver the most expensive passenger vehicle made in America
By Urvaksh Karkaria, Automotive News 

In a stunning new chapter of Mercedes-Benz's expansion in North America, the automaker plans to build an ultraluxe Maybach model exclusively at its plant in Alabama, where the rarefied sedan nameplate will be applied to an SUV.

The new Maybach, based on the all-new third-generation GLS platform, would be the most expensive passenger vehicle made in America. The model is expected to be priced at about $200,000, sources said.

Germany avoids recession with flat final 2018 quarter
By DW.com

Slow global trade, auto industry troubles and low water on the Rhine all contributed to a final-quarter growth of zero percent, meaning Europe's biggest economy dodged a technical recession by the smallest of margins.

The Federal Statistics Office (Destatis) reported on Thursday that gross domestic product (GDP) growth in the final quarter of 2018 was zero percent compared to the third quarter, and 0.6 percent compared to the  same quarter in 2017.
A decline in the third quarter of 2018 had raised fears of a technical recession, defined as two consecutive quarters of negative economic growth.

Europe's largest economy enjoyed a "first half year with plenty of momentum", adding 0.4 percent in the first quarter and 0.5 percent in the second, federal statistics authority Destatis said, adding: "A small trough in the second half of the year" brought shrinkage of 0.2 percent between July and September and no change in the final three months.

German Heritage in Letters

The project,  German Heritage in Letters , is collecting letters sent from the German-speaking lands to immigrants in the United States - with your help! 

Between 1850 and 1920, more than five million German speakers arrived in the United States, and today over 40 million Americans have German heritage. Many have inherited important records from their family's past, including letters sent to immigrants from their home communities. If you have these kinds of letters, you can help by  uploading digital images  of your letters to the collection. 

German Heritage in Letters is a project of the German Historical Institute, Washington DC. Funding for the project is sponsored by the Year of German-American Friendship initiative.