During my time at the German American Chamber of Commerce of the Southern US, Inc. (GACC South) in 2013 I also contributed to the GACC South Blog. Here are excerpts of some posts I was involved in.
This article highlights the 3rd European American Solar Deployment (PV Rollout) Conference in Atlanta, which took place at the Metro Atlanta Chamber and was co-organized by OTTI, the Ostbayerisches Technologie-Transfer-Institut e.V., and the GACC South.
The event from February 26 to 27, 2013, covered future business models and utilities in Photovoltaics, current initiatives by the US and Germany, as well as hindering factors, namely lacking grid improvements, policies, legal issues and administrative barriers.
Panels, talks and presentations at the conference included, for instance, internationally renowned speakers like Eicke Weber (Frauenhofer ISE), Juris Kaleis (American Capital Energy), Minh Le (US Department of Energy), Emily Felt (Duke Energy Corporation), or Fatima Toor (Lux Research, Inc.).
As the title suggest, in this blog post me and another co-worker (Mark Wolfe) sat together and put together takeaways from the German Mittelstand – Southern SME Forum in Nashville, TN.
At the business conference, focused on SMEs in the Southeaster US, with over 150 German and American attendees five topics emerged as predominantly important: Communication across (the) cultures, the skills gap and the vocational training program, the thriving German business in the Southeast, the support of the German-American community, as well as – to stress the beauty of the region – Nashville as a blooming business center.