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 Transatlantic Cluster Delegation Trip on metalworking gave me the opportunity to observe best practices on German shop floors and to talk to business owners who successfully export their products from the EU. The trip was well organized by GACC Midwest and maximized our exposure to medium-sized companies and leaders within the metal working industry. For me, the most valuable insights were into the way German manufacturers use visuals for every part of plant management and how they foster responsibility for high quality execution at every level. What’s more, we have built up long-lasting relationships with German SMEs – a clear advantage of the Delegation Trip.”

Raquel Chole, Director Global Sales & Marketing, Dudek & Bock Spring Manufacturing

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

Delegation trip to Germany on E-Mobility

October 15 - 19, 2018 | Munich, Dresden, Hannover


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

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