Eastgate Staff to Join Local Delegation to Germany for Digitalization of Work Study Program

Apr 08, 2019


Genna Petrolla, Eastgate’s Economic Development Program Manager, will join local leaders as a participant in the Transatlantic Cities of Tomorrow (TCT) study program of the American Council on Germany. Funded by a grant from the German Economics Ministry, the program facilitates a reciprocal exchange for thought leaders in small- and medium-sized cities in Germany and the U.S. to develop solutions to common challenges resulting from digitalization and to identify innovative approaches to turning these challenges into opportunities for their local workforce and economies.

Applicants from the cities of Youngstown, Cleveland and Pittsburgh presented their qualifications and were selected based on a competitive review. Additional participants from Youngstown and the Mahoning Valley are: Barb Ewing, CEO of the Youngstown Business Incubator; Michael Hripko, Associate Vice President, External Affairs, Government Relations and Economic Development for Youngstown State University; and Demaine Kitchen, President of Youngstown City Council.

The Valley delegation will host leaders from comparably-sized German cities at the end of April for one week and will in turn travel to Germany at the end of June. The participants will work together to form a group of engaged local stakeholders that will receive recommendations from the exchange and who will assist with the implementation of an action plan.

The goal of this project is to create a sustainable network of decision-makers and practitioners in the participating cities that can learn and support one another in addressing the challenges in an era of digitalization including: rethinking education and workforce training needs; fostering entrepreneurship and start-up cultures; and, making investments in digital and physical infrastructure.

To learn more about the program, please visit https://www.acgusa.org/study-tours/transatlantic-cities-of-tomorrow/