German American Chamber forms Pittsburgh chapter

01/13/2016 GACCPIT Nachrichten

An article on the GACCPIT in Pittsburgh Business Times. Published on January 7, 2016.

The German American Chamber of Commerce has formed a Pittsburgh chapter that has merged with the German American Business Circle of Pittsburgh to advocate for the 125 German-owned companies employing about 11,000 in the region.

The new Pittsburgh chapter has set as its priorities resuming nonstop air service between Pittsburgh and Germany and supporting workforce development by introducing German-style apprenticeship for manufacturers seeking vocational trainees. The German American Chamber of Commerce is a worldwide organization with members in more than 90 countries.

The chamber said in a news release that it would work closely with the Pittsburgh Regional Alliance to actively solicit foreign direct investment in the region by inviting German and European executives to Pittsburgh and hosting their visits, and by sponsoring education programs, including those through its affiliated Pittsburgh Euro Forum.

The German American Business Circle, a nonprofit organization that has hosted twice annual social networking events awarded scholarships and other activities, will maintain its role as the chamber's education arm.

“The new chamber has become the European-focused business organization in our region,” said Paul Overby, who is president of the organization in addition to his role as Honorary German Consul in Pittsburgh. “We can build relationships, attract resources and promote bilateral trade to benefit companies seeking a greater presence in both Pittsburgh and Europe.”

Services provided by the chamber include consulting services with a focus on market entry and business development, legal and tax services, United Nations procurement, translation, intern visas and personnel recruitment.

Corporate sponsors for the chamber include Wabtec, Cohen & Grigsby, VEKA and BKD LLP.

Ethan Lott is research director at the Pittsburgh Business Times. Contact him at or 412-208-3823.