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 connects 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.

“The GACC Midwest Transatlantic Metal Cluster delegation trip was a very eye opening experience. It provided me with valuable insights into the German Dual Vocational Education and Training Models that are so effective in Germany. A great example of this was when we toured the Schunk Educational facility where we were able to directly observe a live demonstration of the apprentices in training. As the Director of Workforce for Symbol Training Institute, the best practices learned here in Germany will have an impact on my future strategies and interactions with the local manufacturers and labor pool. The trip also was a great introduction to the very best that the German culture has to offer from its industry to the food and customs. All in all it was a very worthy trip and has positively impacted me”.

Tom Peters, Director of Workforce Development, Symbol Training Institute

Program Details

The ERP program finances 6 programs, each relating to a particular industrial sector. Each program includes an industry-specific roadshow in the USA and a trip to Germany. While the roadshow takes place on 2-3 coordinated locations, the 5-day excursion trip enables 15 participants from the Unites States to explore Germany...Read more.

Partnership Opportunities

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Upcoming Programs

Roadshow on Industry 4.0
February 26 to March 2, 2018 | IL, MI, OH

Delegation Trip on Industry 4.0
May 14-18, 2018 | Germany


Jessica Ferklass
Manager, Consulting Services
Tel.: +1 (312) 585-8344
E-Mail: ferklass(at)

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