Interview with Stefanie Jehlitschka, President GACC South


What are the tasks and core areas of the GACC South?

The GACC South is a private, non-profit organization and serves as the official representative of German industry and trade in the Southern U.S., and is part of an international network composed of 130 German foreign chambers of commerce and government offices in 90 countries. We serve eleven Southern states - Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Tennessee and Texas, and three U.S. Territories – Bahamas, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands.

Our organization offers a variety of services to our members, such as market entry and business development services, HR services and training, vocational education and training. The GACC South also organizes numerous business related events throughout the year for its members, such as workshops, conferences, networking events.

We combine elements of a trade commission, a membership association and a professional consultancy.


Which are currently the most important topics for your members?      

Most importantly our members are concerned with finding skilled workforce, i.e. setting up apprenticeship programs. The future of international trade in the U.S., the anticipated tax reform, as well as R&D environment are of high interest to our member companies.


How does GACC South work with RGIT?                                     

The German American Chamber of Commerce South and RGIT support each other as partner organizations serving the same purpose: to foster, strengthen and support transatlantic trade and business relations. Together we host various delegations from Germany in the US.The GACC South relies on RGIT when it comes to making its voice and its member’s voices heard in Washington D.C.