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Transatlantic Cities of Tomorrow: A View from Charlotte

It must be stated early and often the overall value this program has provided me. From the human connections with both the Americans and Germans to the sharing of ideas, perspectives, and views on life and the world, I have learned a great deal. This exchange also has impacted my work by exposing me to new ways of thinking and new methodologies around community engagement, digitalization, and the future of work. There are a number of high-level takeaways: Rethink education and workforce training models. It was clear to me that Germany and its education and workforce training systems are better prepared to adapt to support industries need for a new or reskilled workforce. While the level of complexity in these systems at first seemed overwhelming, it...

Transatlantic Cities of Tomorrow: A View from Magdeburg

The City of Magdeburg, with a population of 240,000, is the state capital of the German Bundesland Saxony-Anhalt. I work in the field of business development, and it is my task to attract companies to Magdeburg and to help start-up companies boost their business in Magdeburg. In my daily work, I often get in touch with people with very creative ideas that have the potential to change business models and use technologies in an innovative and unseen way. Due to my professional focus, I was most interested in learning about job creation and strategies to help start-ups through this exchange program. During the site visits and discussions in the United States and in Germany, I was astonished to find out about the multitude of initiatives that...

Der Blick über den Tellerand

Unendliche Weiten, riesige Betriebe mit endlosen Feldern und Feedlots. So stellt man sich die Landwirtschaft in den USA vor. Dass diese jedoch mindestens genauso vielfältig ist wie die Strukturen in Deutschland, durften sechs Teilnehmer aus ganz Deutschland bei einer knapp zweiwöchigen Reise in den Osten der USA erleben. Das Programm der 2019 McCloy Leadership Mission on Agriculture, Food, Security and Resource Scarcity – durch das American Council on Germany organisiert –war voll-gepackt mit Besuchen von 26 Betrieben in vier Staaten, einem Besuch der Deutschen Botschaft und beim USDA, dem US-ame-rikanischen Landwirtschaftsministerium. Direktvermarktung nutzt Stadtnähe Ausgangspunkt unserer Reise war Washington D.C. Rund um die Hauptstadt der USA in den Staaten Maryland und Virginia haben die Betriebe auf eindrucksvolle Art und Weise gelernt, von der kaufkräftigen Bevölkerung...

What Do Chicago, Boise, Salt Lake City, and Phoenix Have in Common with Germany?

From October 2018 until November 2019 the German government sponsored “Deutschlandjahr USA – The Year of German-American Friendship”, working together with the Association of German Industries and other partners, such as the American Council on Germany, to organize various initiatives, presentations, and events under the motto “WunderbarTogether” with the aim to strengthen the transatlantic partnership by spreading knowledge about Germany within the United States. Since 1952 the American Council on Germany (ACG) has been one of the strongest pillars supporting transatlantic friendship and working to provide knowledge about the two countries and build trust between them. At the invitation of the ACG last year, I had the opportunity to speak in Chicago and to participate in a series of Community Town Halls in  Boise, Salt...

Closing The Innovation Funding Gap

While we figure out how to increase German capital investment into venture, which policy changes would help to improve access of German startups to American venture capital regarding early-growth capital access, especially in ‘Made-in-Germany’ deep tech topics? Between 2015 and 2018 US investment into German venture capital-backed companies totaled USD 3.7 billion. During the same time frame German investment into German venture capital-backed companies was USD 3 billion. Given that the US venture capital market is much more developed than its German little sibling, this may come to no surprise. However, VC firms traditionally invest a large share of their capital into their respective home markets. But looking at capital flow in the other direction, from German venture investors into US-based VC-backed startups, an astonishing...
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