Examines Germany’s manufacturing development as a guide for how the U.S. can stimulate job creation and economic growth.

“For U.S. practitioners and policymakers interested in applying German best practices in their own places, this paper serves to document the key discussion themes and potential lessons from that trip. It provides a brief overview of the current state of manufacturing in each country (Section I), the German systems for innovation (Section II) and vocational education and training (Section III), and concludes with examples of how U.S. leaders are applying the most successful elements of these German systems to the American context (Section IV)” (p.3).

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Major Findings & Recommendations

“Germany’s leading manufacturing regions can serve as exemplars for U.S. leaders seeking to build and sustain their own manufacturing sectors. As the Global Cities Initiative investigated in Munich and Nuremberg, three elements of success—regional collaboration between public, private, and civic actors; targeted institutional intermediaries that address market and coordination failures; and incentive-based investments to support SMEs—should guide U.S. practitioners and policymakers seeking to adapt German skills and innovation best practices to support manufacturing here at home. U.S. jurisdictions as diverse as Detroit, San Diego, Pennsylvania, and South Carolina are adopting these methods because they recognize manufacturing remains an important contributor to growth, job creation, trade, and innovation. And while Germany maintains a different culture and political economy than the United States, the country’s best practices represent powerful tools for American efforts to strengthen manufacturing through skills and innovation” (p.26). Abstractor: Author