May 28, 2013
Chamber VP talks trade, Germany trip in blog
From a surprising lack of language barriers, to misconceptions, to too few cell-phone charging stations, Trevor Hamilton overcame several hurdles on a recent trip to Hannover, Germany. Hamilton is the Vice President of economic development for the Cincinnati USA Partnership. His purpose for the trip was to attend the world's largest industrial trade show, and expose businesses around the world to what Cincinnati has to offer.
He recently shared a blog with the Business Courier about his observations and experiences. Here are some excerpts of his blog:
- To say this event is enormous is an understatement - there is not a trade show in the U.S., or few in the world for that matter, that compares in size. Organizers had to provide shuttle buses to transport us between the different exhibitor halls from hall 1 to 27, and my iPhone GPS was working overtime just to ensure we made our appointments on time! Not to mention, with 6,500 participants spending most of a 12-hour day on site, there were no recharging stations available.
- There were so many nationalities represented. It was fascinating to experience the diversity of people and languages doing business in one place. But, of course, language was never a barrier because English tends to be a common language in which to communicate across countries in business.
- Why manufacturing? Well, besides being one of the top industries represented at Hannover Messe, many residents in our community are surprised when they find out that our region and the state of Ohio have a historical competitive advantage when it comes to manufacturing.
- Although Cincinnati is known for regional pockets of rich German heritage (think Oktoberfest), this is typically not the first matter of intrigue from German companies looking to bring businesses here. In contrast, the conversation usually begins with us sharing a site map of current German-owned companies here followed by their sudden realization of how many of their colleagues and competitors are already here doing business here.
Read the Business Courier article