Magazine article Nation's Cities Weekly

New Britain Strengthens Ties to German Business

Magazine article Nation's Cities Weekly

New Britain Strengthens Ties to German Business

Article excerpt

Taking definite steps designed to regain the city's commercial prestige, leaders in New Britain, Connecticut, participated in a summer trade mission to Germany. This was a reciprocal trip that followed the October 1998 visit by German businesspeople to the New Britain area. The delegation from New Britain was led by Mayor Lucian Pawlak, Gary Robinson, President of the New Britain Chamber of Commerce, city Alderwoman Barbara Yezierski, and Peter Kilduff from Central Conn. State.

Using the 15th anniversary celebration of the twinning relationship between New Britain and Rastatt as a springboard, city leaders explored business and commerce opportunities. The mayor of Rastatt helped organize meetings with local companies including one with Daimler-Chrysler. Other meetings were held with representatives of the German National Commerce Council in Berlin, the Baden-Wurttemburg Chamber of Commerce in Karlsruhe, and Mercedes-Benz corporation. Gary Robinson described the meetings as door-openers. "They were a way for us to establish concrete face-to-face relationships with key people," Robinson said.

Mayor Pawlak's vision is to reinvigorate the manufacturing and industry base of New Britain and its region. The global economy encourages using sister city connections as a way to "move past the cultural and academic exchanges and explore business opportunities," Pawlak said. In his election campaign, Mayor Pawlak vowed to go to the ends of the earth to make the city work again. …

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