MetroLab Network includes 39 cities, 4 counties, and 53 universities, organized in more than 35 regional city-university partnerships. Partners focus on research, development, and deployment (RD&D) projects that offer technological and analytically-based solutions to challenges facing urban areas including inequality in income, health, mobility, security and opportunity; aging infrastructure; and environmental sustainability and resiliency.

City-university partnerships are mutually-beneficial relationships in which the university is the city’s R&D department and the city is a testbed. Faculty and students get access to real-life laboratories to test advanced approaches aimed at addressing city priorities and challenges. Cities and their residents benefit from technologies and policies that leverage digital and information technology, data analytics, sensing, and more.

Individually, city-university RD&D partnerships are beneficial and help drive innovative approaches in government. When networked together, they present an opportunity to scale effective solutions, accelerate best practices, and advance the understanding of urban science.

The German-American Chamber of Commerce USA-South was founded in 1978 to promote bilateral economic relations and investment. We have our headquarters in Atlanta, Georgia with a branch office in Houston, Texas, serving the 11 southern states of Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Tennessee and Texas and the two territories of Puerto Rico And US Virgin Islands. Our five chapters in North Carolina, South Carolina, Florida, North Texas and Tennessee allow for a further exchange and local contact between German and American companies. In addition, the AHK USA-South is still working with two partner organizations: the German American Business Chamber of South Florida (GABC) in Miami, Florida and the AlabamaGermany Partnership (AGP) in Birmingham, Alabama.

Through their services and activities, they have been able to build an extensive membership network that extends across the entire southern federal states of the USA. Currently, more than 700 representatives from the worlds of business and society belong to our members. Other German-American Chambers of Commerce are located in New York and Chicago.

Their organization is part of an international network of German foreign trade chambers and delegate offices with 130 representative offices in 90 countries of the world, under the roof organization of the German Chamber of Industry and Commerce (DIHK) in Berlin.