Berlin is a diverse city with tremendous history. After visiting Germany's Federal Parliament, the Reichstag, I had a series of meetings that not only helped to capture this diversity but also opened up doors for future collaboration and sharing of best practices.
Massachusetts is the fourth largest importer and exporter in Germany so there was a lot to discuss when I joined representatives from Germany Trade and Investment. This organization partners with the country's chamber of commerces to support growth and development for German-based companies. For example, just last week, I joined a few of these representatives for a forum with MassBIO in Cambridge. As we continue to partner with the country, there are great synergies within our manufacturing industries and innovative economy including the life sciences, clean energy, and digital game industries.
Lieutenant Governor Murray joins Karl Storz's Marketing Director at their Berlin facility. Karl Storz is a medical device company with a production facility in Charlton, Massachusetts. (Photo: Lauren Jones/ Lieutenant Governor's Office)
Today, I also visited a Massachusetts based company, Karl Storz. Headquartered in Germany, this company produces endoscopic technology in Charlton, MA as well as Tuttlingen, a small town in Germany. This medical device is used in countless hospitals for laser, non-evasive surgeries. With this technology, the company needs skilled labor. Germany's dual-education system focuses on apprenticeship training that prepares students in critical skills - from mechanical engineering to surgical technology. I look forward to coming back to Massachusetts to highlight this model and to look at it relative to our vocational and technical school programs.
I also visited Betahaus, a co-working innovation space located in Berlin (as well as a handful of other European cities). In meeting with one of Betahaus' co-founders, it was a great opportunity to understand Berlin and Germany's creative economy. While relatively new, it is growing. Take for example, doonited.com, a startup recently launched thanks to brainstorming and developing an idea in a co-working facility. Providing young entrepreneurs with creative working space to share and build ideas will only help accelerate that growth in the country, and is a great model I know we use in Massachusetts and one that should be replicated more.
More From the Lieutenant Governor:
- Learning About Germany's Health Care System
- Touring & Visiting Infrastructure Projects in Leipzig
- Local Government in Saxony, Germany
- Dresden: Meeting BU Students, Touring the Technical University & NOVATIC
- Guten Tag from Dresden, Germany
- View photos on Flickr