November 11-17, 2012
SLC Economic Development, Transportation & Cultural Affairs Committee Delegation
Economic Cooperation with Germany
Designed to enhance economic cooperation and greater understanding between states belonging to the Southern Office of The Council of State Governments (CSG), the Southern Legislative Conference (SLC), and Germany, a delegation of SLC state legislative leaders recently travelled to Germany. The SLC delegation, led by 2011 SLC chair, Tennessee Senate Majority Leader Mark Norris, also included Alabama Speaker Pro Tem Victor Gaston, North Carolina Senate President Pro Tem Phil Berger and South Carolina House Ways and Means Committee Chair, Representative Brian White. The visit was organized and sponsored by the government of the Federal Republic of Germany, the Munich-based Goethe Institute, and the Atlanta-based SLC. Given increasing globalization and growing trade and investment links between the SLC states and the rest of the world, the SLC recently has coordinated visits by state legislative leaders to a number of foreign countries including Canada, China, England, Mexico and Panama. Germany is of particular importance to SLC states given the presence of major German multinational companies in the region, including ThyssenKrupp, Siemens, Bosch, T-Mobile, BMW, Mercedes, Bertelsmann, Bayer, Hemlock, BASF, Adidas, Wacker Chemie AG and Volkswagen.