June 10th, 2016

CSGG: 2016 District Director Study Tour (June 10-16, 2016 | Hamburg, Germany)

CSGG: 2016 District Directors Study Tour

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District Directors are senior staff members of the US Congress, who typically do not have a counterpart in the German Bundestag. They oversee all operations for a Member of the House of Representatives in his or her elected constituency or “district.” The District Director travels within the district to keep abreast of local concerns and represents the Member in the district in interactions with residents. In this role, they function as a mediator – bridging the gap between the national policy and the interests of the public. As Members of Congress spend more and more time in their districts and less time in the Capitol, District Directors have become even more important.

The District Directors Study Tour therefore provided an exciting new opportunity to build transatlantic relationships at the regional and local levels of government and civil society, beyond the political and financial capitals of Berlin, Frankfurt, and Munich.

The 2016 Study Tour visited Hamburg, a thriving center of international commerce, trade, and publishing. Together with a variety of leading officials and experts from academia, civil society, industry, the media, and government, delegates had the opportunity to discuss topics of mutual concern and opportunities for innovation.

This program is made possible by a three-year grant from the Transatlantic Program of the Government of the Federal Republic of Germany through funds of the European Recovery Program (ERP) of the Federal Ministry of Economics and Technology in accordance with the Mutual Educational and Cultural Exchange Act (22 U.S.C. § 2458(a)).

Selected Program Highlights

  • Stadtrat Wolfgang Schmidt
  • US Consul General Nancy Corbett
  • Manuel Sarrazin MdB, Jürgen Klimke MdB, Metin Hakverdi MdB, Niels Annen MdB
  • Roundtables with Die Zeit, Der Spiegel
  • Roundtables with Jewish, Turkish communities
  • Roundtable with author Jennifer Teege
  • Port of Hamburg, Hafen-City
  • Roundtable discussion with students of the Helmut Schmidt University – University of the Federal Armed Forces Hamburg
  • Visit to Airbus Operations at Finkenwerder Airport
  • Visit to refugee mentoring program, in partnership with ZEIT-Stiftung Ebelin und Gerd Bucerius

Issue Areas

Integration policy in light of the migration and refugee crisis, job creation and workforce training under Germany’s system of dual vocational education and apprenticeships, economic outlook and the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP), local governance and the changing political landscape