MN – Region Nine Development Commission (RNDC) selected by the German-American
Chamber of Commerce of the Midwest to participate in the Transatlantic Cluster
Initiative-Food Processing program supported by the German government.
the leading player for food processing excellence in the European Union and has
a high concentration of food processors.
The Transatlantic Cluster Initiative-Food Processing program connects
German and American cluster organizations through targeted events in the United
States and Germany. This program establishes best practices with focuses on
cluster management, internationalization, skilled workforce recruitment,
technological development, digitalization in food processing, resource
efficiency, and opportunities for foreign direct investment (FDI) and internal
collaboration that could further shape Minnesota’s food processing cluster.
Processing program in Germany will be sending 15 select United States
participants to Germany to visit key
stakeholders in food processing from business and research associations as well
as the opportunity to interact with leading industry associations and clusters.
The program will take place from May 12, 2019 to May 17, 2019.
“It is an
honor to be invited by the State of Minnesota to apply and to be selected by
the German-American Chamber of Commerce of the Midwest to participate in the
Transatlantic Cluster Initiative program.
Region Nine is a large and thriving food producing region which we are
excited to promote to the German market. Promoting regional assets and
championing the nine counties are at the core of RNDC’s mission, and we believe that opening doors to
the foreign markets can only strengthen the local economy.
represents strong clusters that encompass robust manufacturing, food
production, and innovation throughout sectors that intersect a variety of technological
innovation and commodity production. As
highlighted in our recent work on the federal initiative, Investing in Manufacturing Communities Partnership (IMCP), these
diverse yet interrelated clusters represent the highest percentage of jobs within
Region Nine and also encompass the highest earnings by industry in eight of the
production, agribusiness, and manufacturing are closely aligned in Germany’s
industrial networks, similar to Region Nine, so beyond laying the groundwork
for closer trades we also hope to exchange ideas that will benefit the
nine-county region as well as our German counterparts,” shared Executive
Director, Nicole Griensewic Mickelson.
invitation to participate in this exchange serves as recognition of the
importance of regional government,” shared Chair of RNDC’s Commission, Steve
Rohlfing. “Our nine counties are tied together as an important economic unity
in South Central Minnesota, and RNDC’s board is quite pleased that the
organization’s work is recognized by the State of Minnesota and their
Region Nine Development Commission takes great pride in working with
and on behalf of counties, cities, townships, and schools throughout South Central
Minnesota. Since 1972, being a partner for progress has led to the development
of programs and identification of solutions in the areas of community
development, economic development, transportation, healthy communities,
business development, and leveraging regional resources.