Executive Director Schwartz Attends Reception Celebrating "Kentucky and the EU"
I was very honored to be invited to represent the European American Chamber of Commerce at a reception to celebrate “Kentucky and the EU” at the Residence of the Ambassador of the European Union to the United States, Stavros Lambrinidis, in Washington DC on Wednesday, September 18.
The event was timed to mark the 25th anniversary of an EU-US agreement on the naming of alcoholic beverages – that is, reserving the names ‘Irish Whisky,’ ‘Scotch Whisky,’ Cognac’ and the like for European producers, and ensuring ‘Tennessee Whisky’ and ‘Bourbon’ remain American products.
Highlights of the of event included a special ‘whisky saEUr’ cocktail and the gift of a tasting glass engraved with the phrase “Raise a glass, not tariffs!” Guests included Congressman John Yarmuth (KY-3), Co-Chair of the Congressional Bourbon Caucus; Vivek Sarin, the Interim Secretary of the Kentucky Cabinet for Economic Development; Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer; and numerous industry and government officials from Europe, Kentucky and across the U.S.
Three top officials from European companies operating in Kentucky were also invited to attend – l’Oreal, Mubea, and Safran Landing Systems (whose CEO, Philippe Garnier, was also asked to deliver brief remarks). The Ambassador’s senior advisor noted that this selection was not random – these were the three companies former EU Ambassador David O’Sullivan visited in Kentucky when he came to our region to speak at the EACC Annual Gala in May 2017.
At the heart of it, this is what the EACC does: we build connections and networks that support better commercial and business relations between Europe and the United States. Those connections can be here in the Cincinnati Tri-state region, or across the EACC’s growing network of chapters in Europe and the United States, or to U.S. and European diplomats and trade commissioners. We are Where Europeans and Americans Meet To Do Business!
EACC & City of Blue Ash Partner to Host Sister City Reception
On Monday, September 23 the EACC was delighted to partner with EACC member the City of Blue Ash to host a reception for a delegation visiting from Blue Ash's Sister City Ilmenau, Germany. The delegation included individuals from the business sector, elected city officials, city staff members, educators and representatives from the German American Friendship Club.
Members of the delegation, representatives from German companies based in Greater Cincinnati and other friends of the EACC gathered at Fretboard Brewing to network and connect.The reception took place on “Business Day” for the delegation after the group toured various companies with operations in Blue Ash (including EACC member Metalex).
On a personal note, I was pleased to have the opportunity to offer brief remarks at the reception, as I traveled to Ilmenau as part of the visiting Blue Ash delegation back in the fall of 2017. Monday's reception was a wonderful chance to reconnect with some of the individuals I met nearly two years ago.
EACC Board Member John Baines also offered remarks highlighting the deep business ties between the Greater Cincinnati region and Germany.
The EACC would like to extend a big thank you to the City of Blue Ash, and especially Economic Development Director (and EACC Board Member!) Neil Hensley, for the opportunity to co-host this event!