Transatlantic Dialogue Sustainable Mobility

Sustainable Mobility - is a topic relevant on both sides of the Atlantic: Metropolitan regions in the United States and Germany today have to face the challenge on how they want to secure mobility for necessary economic processes in the future, while guaranteeing an accessible infrastructure for everybody, and at the same time keep the impact of mobility on the environment as low as possible. This becomes increasingly important considering growing population and traffic rates. Cities and communities need to develop and implement future mobility master plans that will help to move people and products quickly and efficiently via air, road, railway and sea to global markets. The question remains on how to apply smart sustainability solutions?

In order to solve this questions the "Transatlantic Dialogue - Sustainable Mobility" brings together leading German and US innovators to promote knowledge exchange through content-driven encounters. The program is organized by the German American Chamber of Commerce of the Southern US (GACC South) and is financially supported by the German Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy through the European Recovery Program (ERP; also known as the Marshall Plan).

The core of the program will connect German and American organizations, companies and institutions in the field of mobility/research/sustainability through targeted roadshow series in the US and delegation trips to Germany. The program establishes an exchange for best-practices focused on know-how transfer, technology development, best practices, case studies and much more. 

Program Details

The ERP Program is funding series of 6 programs (2017-2019), each focused on a different aspect of Sustainable Mobility. Potential themes to be addressed include:

  • Digitalization and the Internet of Things
  • Electromobility 
  • Smart City Concepts
  • Alternative Commute Options
  • Sustainable City Planning
  • Infrastructure and Traffic Avoidance
  • Mobility Master Plans
  • Efficient and Economical Traffic Concepts

Each program will entail a specific roadshow in the US and a delegation trip to Germany. The roadshows in the US include targeted events at 2-3 US locations, while the delegation trips will offer 15 select participants to explore Germany during an intensive 5-day trip. Participants are responsible for their own air fare to and from Germany. Overnight stays, meals, cultural activities, entrance fees and transportation are part of the program agenda while in Germany and are covered by the program.



Program Partnership Details

The GACC South is looking to partner with different stakeholders involved in urban development such as universities, research institutions associations and economic development organizations for collaboration. The partnership will entail the following:

  • Host representatives from Germany for at least one day of the program, organized with the GACC South at a partner location (host organization provides venue/marketing support for approx. 30 people, AV, and catering)
  • 5 of your representatives/members/partners will take part in the subsequent delegation trip to Germany 

Benefits of a Program Partnership

  • Establish transatlantic contacts to internationalize your organization and its stakeholders
  • Benefit from the best-practice exchange between organizations in Germany and the US
  • Gain visibility for your organization: Your logo will be displayed on the Transatlantic Dialogue website and the program's printed marketing materials (e.g. agenda, flyer) as well as via social media
  • Give an introductory presentation about your organization
  • Guarantee of five (5) spots on the delegation trip to Germany

Upcoming Events

Delegation Trip to Germany: "Optimizing and Integrating Urban Mobility Networks"
Cologne, Stuttgart and other cities in Germany: May/June 2019—exact dates will be announced soon

Past Events

Sustainable Mobility Forum: Optimizing and Integrating Urban Mobility Networks
Birmingham, AL: February 5th, 2019
Oklahoma City, OK: February 7th, 2019

Delegation Trip to Germany: Walkability as the Blueprint for Smart Cities & Work Environments
Frankfurt, Göttingen, Dresden: November 12th – 16th, 2018

Roadshow: Walkability as a Blueprint for Smart Cities & Work Environments
Charlotte, NC: September 11th, 2018
Little Rock, AR: September 13th, 2018

Study Trip to Germany May 2018
Hamburg, Bremerhaven & Bremen: May 21st - 25th, 2018

Roadshow: Sustainable Mobility Forum "The Future of Smart & Green Ports"
Houston,TX: February 21st, 2018
Atlanta, GA: February 23rd, 2018

Study Trip to Germany November 2017
Frankfurt, Stuttgart & Berlin, November 6th - 10th, 2017

Roadshow: Sustainable Mobility Forum "Driving Into a Sustainable Future"
Houston,TX: July 12th, 2017
Atlanta, GA: July 14th, 2017



Sonja (Sobota) Knight

Project Manager, Consulting Services

German American Chamber of Commerce of the Southern U.S., Inc.

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