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Fraunhofer USA Represented in the Global Cities Initiative

Fraunhofer USA participated in the Global Cities Initiative, November 18-20, 2014.  Dr. Patrick Bressler, Executive Vice President, Fraunhofer USA, Inc., attended the event. 

In 2012, the Brookings’ Metropolitan Policy Program and JPMorgan Chase launched the Global Cities Initiative (GCI), a five-year effort to help U.S. cities and metropolitan areas enhance their global competitiveness.  GCI provides leaders with opportunities to explore the distinctive economic strengths of U.S. and global metropolitan areas and join the Global Cities Exchange’s network of leaders who are implementing trade and global engagement strategies.

L. to R.:  Jürgen Siebel, Head of Siemens Professional Education, International Business, Siemens AG, Dr. Patrick Bressler, Executive Vice President, Fraunhofer USA, Inc., and Alexander Schmidbauer, City of Munich, Department of Labor and Economic Development.

When the delegation arrived in Munich, the CGI released a case study, “Munich:  A Globally Fluent Metropolitan Economy.”  The case study revealed that Munich is one of the most dynamic medium-sized urban economies in Europe.  The city is Germany’s most productive urban center and remains firmly among the 50 most connected cities in global economic networks. 

In addition, the current state of manufacturing in the United States was discussed, and how U.S. regional and state leaders can learn and apply best practices from Bavaria.

Siemens executive Jürgen Siebel presented why the company believes so strongly in its apprenticeship program;  employability for young people remains the key to Siemens’ continued profitability and the broader stability and competitiveness of regions and nations.  Fraunhofer USA has a strong intern program.  In 2013, Fraunhofer USA Centers employed 129 interns of which 66 were from Germany and 43 from U.S. universities.

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