(Post written by Coco Bassey)
Here’s a quick history lesson for you: Did you know that the North Carolinian county of Mecklenburg and its main city, Charlotte, were named after the German Queen Charlotte of Mecklenburg-Strelitz, wife of British King George III? Did you know that last Thursday marked the 250th anniversary of her coronation? Well, you do now! Alright, so this information may not be so exciting for all you non-history enthusiasts out there, but it will help you better understand the close business and cultural relationship that has formed between the German state of Mecklenburg-Vorpommern and the American city of Charlotte, North Carolina – particularly over the past 20 years.
Now that we are all (obviously) history experts, I think you can agree with me when I say it is quite befitting that our very own Carsten Jacobi, Stefanie Jehlitschka and Jan Wiedemann were in Charlotte, NC this past weekend to host a business delegation from Mecklenburg-Vorpommern. The 24-person delegation, led by Mr. Jürgen Seidel, Mecklenburg-Vorpommern’s Vice Prime Minister and Minister of Economics, Labour and Tourism, was in the United States from May 18 until May 23. Renewable energy workshops took place in Charlotte and Raleigh, NC, and a number of guests flew out to Anaheim, CA on Saturday to attend the Wind Power 2011 Trade Show.
Highlights of the delegation visit included a visit to SAERTEX, where they were welcomed by Dr. Christian Kissinger, General Manager. SAERTEX celebrated its 10-year anniversary earlier this year with a plant expansion. The delegation then enjoyed a Dinner Reception, attended by special guests Consul General Dr. Lutz Görgens and North Carolina Secretary of Commerce Keith Crisco. In addition, the delegation was warmly welcomed at the Siemens Turbine-Generator Center by the Director of Operations, Mark Pringle, where they were given a lunch presentation and in-depth tours of the facility.
It was a busy weekend to say the least, but the GACC South is glad to have been presented an opportunity to once again contribute to strengthening ties between Germany and the United States.