Governor Heads to Germany to Meet with German Companies Engler also to Participate in NGA Bilateral German-American Governors' Conference

Contact: Susan Shafer (517) 335-6397

Friday, October 12


Governor John Engler will visit a number of German cities during the next several days, including Stuttgart, Munich, and Berlin to meet with several German companies to help attract businesses to Michigan.


Such companies include Benteler Automotive, Daimler Chrysler, Eberspacher and Siemens. In addition to expressing his appreciation for the investments they have already made in the state of Michigan, the Governor will encourage them to further expand their companiesÂ’ operations, a turn that would create more jobs for Michigan residents.


On Tuesday, October 16, the Governor will also attend a Fuel Cell Conference that addresses worker displacement issues that arise when a plant, powered by internal combustion, switches to fuel cell power. The conference also provides an opportunity for Michigan to explore avenues in which the state can make educational investments in its workforce, while establishing itself as a leader in this growing industry.


In addition, the Governor will participate in a bilateral German-American GovernorsÂ’ Conference scheduled for Monday, October 22, through Tuesday, October 23 in Berlin, Germany.


The conference is hosted by the German government in conjunction with the National GovernorsÂ’ Association. Also attending are Governors Howard Dean (VT), Mike Leavitt (UT), Paul Patton (KY), Tauese P.F. Sunia (American Samoa), Robert Wise (WV), and business representatives and vocational education experts from across the United States will be in attendance.


During the conference, American and German counterparts will discuss shared issues of federalism, the international economy, and trade practices that influence it. Of particular interest to the German Embassy is an open discussion on Internet taxation. Special emphasis will be placed on education and workforce training, as well.