ChamberBrief 2016: February Edition

Dear Members and Friends,

Manufacturing in the American heartland is booming. Our Midwest SME Forum will discuss the future of manufacturing in the Midwest and cover all relevant bases for a successful year for our companies in 2016. William Strauss Senior Economist and Economic Advisor at the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago, will provide a visionary keynote, and interactive panel discussions will delve into crucial topics such as Branding Strategies, Working in a Multicultural Environment/HQ-Subsidiary Relationships, Corporate Governance/Compliance, and Skilled Workforce.

The DIHK confirmed once more what our last German American Business Outlook 2016 showed: German-American business keeps growing– according to the recently published DIHK Economic Survey, the US remains the hottest investment location for German companies. Find the full results here in English and in German.


The strong interest in exports makes the upcoming Hannover Messe 2016 even more relevant for German exporters and the US Investment Pavilion alike. We are very excited for the world's largest industrial technology trade show and President Obama’s visit to Germany.

The Chamber's inaugural Business Luncheon Series in Schaumburg was a great success, and we received wonderful feedback! Our attendees enjoyed networking opportunities over lunch at Maggiano's Little Italy, and a presentation about the 2016 economic outlook by Dr. Erin Grossi, Chief Economist at UL LLC. Presentation and pictures are on our webpage. If you missed out on the kickoff event, don't worry: More exciting luncheons are scheduled!

We recently welcomed a delegation from North Rhine-Westphalia (NRW), Germany focusing on Industry 4.0. After visiting Silicon Valley the delegation came to Chicago to tour the DMDII and to visit and engage with speakers from Microsoft, HARTING and Plant Engineering Magazine, Winzeler Gear, Rockwell Automation and Wittenstein.

Industry 4.0 Delegation from NRW

Our Michigan Chapter just hosted their annual signature winter networking event in Detroit, at which our CEO Mark Tomkins met with many members new and old. GACC Midwest is back in Michigan this week for our Energy Efficiency in Industry Conference and Delegation in Birmingham.

Find out more about current projects at GACC Midwest below!

Your GACC Midwest Team


Connect with our Transatlantic Dialogue - Agricultural Perspectives in the US and Germany

DAWT: Secure your early bird special by Feb 29!

Read Barnes & Thornburg's new white paper about medical device regulations

Discover Intelligent Transportation Systems with our Innovation Seminars

Energy Efficiency Award Challenge

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Culture Corner

DANK Haus German American Cultural Center invites Chicago to eat, drink, and be merry in fine Renaissance fashion at its first grand Winter fundraiser event.

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