We develop and support relationships and friendships between organizations and individuals in Alabama and Germany. We focus our efforts on three pillars: Education, Business, and Culture.
AlabamaGermany Partnership (AGP) is a statewide, non-profit organization, dedicated to the development of the educational, business, cultural, and social relationships among individuals and organizations with ties to both Alabama and Germany. The organization was formed in 1998 and is membership driven.
AGP is governed by a statewide board of 36 directors and 10 officers who meet quarterly to plan activities and events. An executive director works for the board and takes care of the day-to-day operations of the organization.
More than 80+ German companies are represented throughout Alabama. Evonik Industries in Mobile is the oldest German company with operations in Alabama, and the most recognizable is Mercedes-Benz in Vance, which has brought a significant number of suppliers to Alabama.
The organization hosts an annual celebration in different parts of Alabama. In 2018, AGP celebrated its 20th anniversary at Mercedes-Benz U.S. Visitor Center in Vance. In previous years, industrial, cultural, educational, and governmental leaders have attended the AGP Annual Celebration event.
In terms of Foreign Direct Investment (FDI), in 2018, Germany invested $417.4 million in Alabama. Alabama’s exports to Germany in 2018 totaled $2.5 billion. For the past two decades, German companies have invested more than $10 billion in Alabama and created 17,000+ jobs in the state.
AGP is an extremely active organization and many of Alabama’s leading German and American companies are participants in AGP. The organization facilitates meetings between German company leaders, educational groups, and young professionals; and furthermore offers networking opportunities, German dinners, cultural workshops, and business seminars.