GACCoM ChamberBrief: October Issue


Dear Members and Friends,

September has been a truly busy month for GACCoM. Not only did we host a very successful German Night Reception at IMTS/IANA, we also welcomed the energy efficiency pavilion ‘dasHAUS’ at Daley Plaza in Chicago. The Grand Opening and Reception, the dasHAUS Chicago Conference, and the broad public programs showed the great interest this project faces from both the German and American perspective.

We would like to warmly welcome Dr. Christian Brecht, the new Consul General of the Federal Republic of Germany in Chicago. We look forward to continuing our close cooperation with the Consulate General in the future.

Kind regards | Herzliche Grüße,
your GACCoM-Team

Upcoming Fall Events

German American Water Technology Exchange Days 2012
Join us at the German American Water Technology Exchange Days 2012:
Water & The Industry: Cedar Rapids, IA – October 30, 2012
Water & The Region: St. Louis, MO – October 31, 2012
Water & The City: Chicago, IL – November 1, 2012

Annual Executive Wine Dinner
When: Nov 2, 2012
Where: InterContinental Hotel Chicago
RSVP now and learn more about our unique sponsorship opportunities.

IMTS/IANA 2012 German Night Reception


Given Germany’s leading role in the manufacturing and automation industry, GACCoM’s German Night Reception was a highlight at the 2012 IMTS/IANA. In order to recognize German investment in the Midwest, Illinois Governor Pat Quinn and Chicago Deputy Mayor Steven Koch joined this extraordinary evening.
“Our diverse economy, well-trained workforce, and status as America’s transportation hub make Illinois an ideal place for business,” said Governor Quinn. “Companies from around the world are moving to Illinois to be close to our growing technology, advanced manufacturing and biotech sectors. To date, more than 180 German firms operate more than 750 facilities throughout the state employing over 35,776 people throughout the state.”
Deputy Mayor Koch added: “The vibrant city of Chicago is at the forefront of innovation and development in many major industries – it has astounding potential for German and international investment.”

For the first time ever, IMTS featured the International Automation North America (IANA), a co-operation between Deutsche Messe / Hannover Fair USA and the AMT – another proof of the fertile German-American partnership. Retrospectively, the 2012 IMTS/IANA was the most successful manufacturing event in more than a decade, which once more underlines the value of the vibrant business exchange supported by GACCoM. We would like to thank our partners GTAI and Hannover Fair USA for their support in the German Night reception.

dasHAUS – Innovation in Renewables and Energy Efficiency

GACCoM was pleased to present dasHAUS at Daley Plaza. Chicago was the eleventh stop of the 12-city, North American dasHAUS Tour – a mobile exhibition of innovative sustainable building technologies and concepts from Germany. During its 10-day stay in Chicago, professionals from the fields of architecture, engineering, and construction joined in an international dialogue on advanced energy efficiency and renewable energy building design. The grand opening ceremony featured speeches by Erin Lavin Cabonargi, Executive Director, Public Building Commission, Karen Weigert, Chief Sustainability Officer for the City of Chicago, Deputy Consul General Helmut Rausch as well as Alderman Reilly.

After its very successful stay in Chicago, which showcased the common efforts public officials, the building community, and GACCoM are making for a more sustainable future, dasHAUS moves on to Colorado for the final stop of its North American tour.
In Denver, the pavilion will be open to the public daily from 10am-6pm, from Oct 14 – 23.

Please visit the dasHAUS website for more details about events and tours.


Join our exclusive GACCoM Roundtables

A vivid exchange of ideas, concepts, and strategies is key in today’s fast-paced business environment. GACCoM is regularly hosting high-class roundtables both at our downtown Chicago office as well as in the Chicagoland area to facilitate these professional dialogues in a casual atmosphere. Our roundtables are invitation only events and provide you with a unique opportunity for exclusive peer discussion.

Just last month, we held our Executive Roundtable on the occasion of the visit of Peter Fischer, Minister and Head of Economic Affairs at the German Embassy in Washington. We thank all participants for the interesting and rewarding discussions. If you are interested in taking part in our CEO, CFO, or HR roundtables, please contact Jayne Riemer-Chishty, Director, Membership and Chamber Development.


GACCoM Spotlight – Career Services

A company's strength is built above all on the quality of its employees. That is why GACCoM's Career Services (CS) specialize in matching qualified, bilingual professionals to open positions at external organizations.

We provide employer recruitment services for various industries – both in English and German. The Career Services team will screen established experts and/or upcoming talents, and recommend a selection of qualified candidates who meet your business’s individual needs. We can assist you in all types of hiring, including professional and executive labor. Also, we provide assistance in the visa process through our member network if desired. For more information, contact Justin Flaxbart, our Career Services Manager, or visit our website!

Registration now open: Workshop on Success Strategies from the “Mittelstand”



When: Oct 25, 2012, 2:30 pm
Where: Ritz Carlton, Chicago, IL

Small- and mid-sized German companies will discuss their international success strategies in export, workforce development, and innovation with their U.S. counterparts. The workshop is part of a business delegation with 10 German companies from multiple industries organized by Germany Trade and Invest (GTAI) and GACCoM. Enter into a dialogue with our participating companies and hear firsthand from the German “Mittelstand” on how they become and remain successful and competitive internationally!
Registration is free, RSVP now!

Skilled Workforce Survey

We would like to take the opportunity to thank all respondents for taking part in our Skilled Workforce Survey. As we look forward to continuing the dialogue on this key topic with you, we would appreciate any feedback regarding your own training programs or dual education initiatives.
If you are interested in further information on the topic, please contact Jayne Riemer-Chishty, Director, Membership and Chamber Development.

GABO – German American Business Outlook 2012/13


In the fall of 2012, the German American Chambers of Commerce (GACCs) in cooperation with the Representative of German Industry and Trade (RGIT), and Roland Berger Strategy Consultants will again survey German subsidiaries in the United States to ask for their economic outlook. The annual German American Business Outlook survey aims to measure the satisfaction of German companies with the United States as an investment location and reflects on transatlantic business relations.

Presentation of the 2012 German American Business Outlook
When: Dec 3, 2012
Where: Bloomberg Headquarters in New York

Save the date for the 2012 German American Business Outlook (GABO), which will officially be presented by select industry representatives at the Bloomberg headquarters in New York City on December 3, 2012.

Thank You