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German state celebrates ties to Commerce with partnership award

An organization promoting economic ties to the German state of Niedersachsen recognized the Alabama Department of Commerce as its “Outstanding Economic Development Partner of the Year” at an international trade show in Chicago.

The award from Invest in Niedersachsen reflects Commerce’s strategic efforts to build close relationships with companies and business organizations throughout Europe but particularly in Germany. Commerce maintains a business development office in Stuttgart, and Germany is Alabama’s No. 1 international investor.

“We opened our European office in 2019 to raise Alabama’s profile and make the right connections within the business community there,” said Greg Canfield, Secretary of the Alabama Department of Commerce.

“This much-appreciated award from our friends in Niedersachsen shows that our efforts are paying off, and we’ll work hard to expand our relationship with them,” he added.

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