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Urban Affairs and Sustainability

In an effort to promote and sustain dialogue across the Atlantic, the American Council on Germany works with a broad range of government officials, business leaders, journalists, academics and other experts to help them gain a better understanding of the political, economic, social, and environmental-policy landscape on the other side of the Atlantic. The ACG’s Leadership Mission on Urban Affairs and Sustainability is a study tour that enables four to six local government officials to meet with their transatlantic counterparts in order to learn about the challenges cities face and to help them develop possible policy solutions. The Mission allows groups of individuals to receive an in-depth look at city management and local government administration across the Atlantic.

Working with the Deutscher Städtetag and the National League of Cities, over a course of a week to ten days the ACG arranges a series of meetings with city officials, nongovernmental organizations, and think thanks to discuss local challenges and best practices for meeting those challenges. Participants travel as a group to two or three cities during the Leadership Mission to gain different perspectives on the challenges cities are facing.

Upon completing the trip, participants are required to submit an analytical report that reflects the findings from the Mission. Reports will be published by the American Council on Germany.

In 2017, the cohort will consist of four to six American local government practitioners who will travel to Germany in the fall. Participants receive a per diem of $200 for the duration of the program. The ACG covers pre-approved transatlantic airfare and domestic travel, including intercity rail travel.

Candidates for the McCloy Leadership Mission must be currently employed within their local government or be employed by a nonprofit or not-for-profit organization that provides tangible assistance to local government. Candidates must submit the materials listed below.

The McCloy Leadership Missions are named after John J. McCloy, the founding Chairman of the ACG and the first civilian U.S. High Commissioner for Germany. He strongly believed that younger Americans and Germans benefit greatly from meeting their counterparts.

To apply, please submit the following:

  • A cover letter outlining your personal and professional objectives for the Mission;
  • A one- to two-page statement of interest;
  • A current resume; and
  • Two letters of recommendation.

Eligibility
Candidates for the McCloy Leadership Mission on Urban Affairs and Sustainability must:

  • Be a U.S. citizen residing in the United States;
  • Be in the relatively early stages of their career;
  • Have a minimum of five years of relevant, full-time work experience;
  • Hold a bachelor’s degree (or equivalent);
  • Demonstrate a track record of outstanding professional performance; and
  • Have a sincere commitment to furthering the transatlantic relationship.

Applications must be emailed to Robin Cammarota, Program Director and Digital Strategist, at rcammarota@acgusa.org.

Application deadline: July 14, 2017