Transatlantic Cluster Initiative

About the Program

The emergence and growth of industry clusters in both the U.S. and EU have contributed to a rich and dynamic transatlantic economic landscape. To help further this transatlantic trade, investment and innovation collaboration, the German American Chamber of Commerce of the Midwest, Inc. (GACC Midwest) is organizing the Transatlantic Cluster Initiative. The initiative brings together leading German and US industry clusters to promote knowledge exchange through content-driven encounters and is supported by the German Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy through the European Recovery Program.

The core program of the Cluster Initiative will connect German and American cluster organizations through targeted roadshow series in the US and delegation trips to Germany. The program establishes an exchange for best-practices focused on cluster management, internationalization, cluster policy, recruitment of a skilled workforce, technology development and transfer, and much more. As an increasing array of clusters join the Cluster Initiative, other opportunities for an ongoing dialog will be pursued.

MetallDIALOG Heilbronn was proud to host the Transatlantic Cluster Delegation in the field of Metalworking in November, 2016. This has allowed us to commence a beneficial dialogue with our counterparts from the US on topics such as: Education models for a skilled workforce, overcoming intercultural differences and, opportunities for collaboration. Many thanks to the GACC Midwest team for including MetallDIALOG Heilbronn into the dialogue and for the excellent catalyst towards new opportunities. We are looking forward to ongoing discussions.

Patrick Dufour, CEO, Economic Development Corporation of the City and District of Heilbronn

Benefits of a Program Partnership

  • Establish transatlantic contacts to internationalize your cluster and its members/partners
  • Benefit from the best-practice exchange between cluster organization in Germany and the US
  • Gain visibility for your cluster: Your logo will be displayed on the Transatlantic Cluster Initiative website and the programs printed marketing materials (e.g. agenda, flyer) as well as via social media
  • Give a 10 min. introductory presentation
  • Guarantee of five (5) spots on the delegation trip to Germany

Program Details

The ERP Program is funding a series of 6 programs, each focused on a different industry. Each program will entail an industry specific roadshow in the US and a delegation trip to Germany. The roadshows in the US will include targeted industry events 2-3 US locations and the delegation trips will offer 15 select participants to explore Germany during an intensive 5-day trip.

Potential themes to be addressed include: Optics & Photonics; E-Mobility, Transportation and Logistics; Aerospace and Aviation; Health IT; Industry 4.0; Life Science; Start-ups, IT and Digitalization; Waste- & Water management; and many more.

Past Programs

Roadshow on Lightweighting Technology and Materials
February 13-17, 2017 I MI, OH, TN

Delegation Trip to Germany on Metalworking
November 14-18, 2016 I Germany

Roadshow on Metalworking
July 11-14, 2016 I IL, OH, PA


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