The main purpose of the Industrial Partnership Agreement is to grow locally by working globally. It aims to strengthen and further position respective region as ”glocal” gateways and destinations, for local companies and organizations that strive to connect globally. To maintain trans-atlantic relationships, trust and provide platforms for exchange of best practices and know-how.
The action plan we have developed, includes the areas of business and economic development, student and personnel exchanges, business and leisure tourism, and sharing of sustainability know-how. An International Business Developer, Linnea Bengtsson, serves in the role as the liaison in this worldly unique partnership. As we all know, success and results are generated through complex and many-sided efforts. Below are some of the 2015 Industrial Partnership Agreement representations, activities and results.
Industrial Partnership Agreement 2015 highlights:
Viking Genetics from Skara, opened up a daughter company in Illinois and are in the processing of hiring.
On-going strong partnership between Leading Edge Hydraulics (Rockford) and CEJN (Skövde).
Per-Olof Hermansson, CEO, Skaraborgs kommunalförbund; Katarina Jonsson, Mayor, City of Skövde and Chair, County of Skaraborg; and Kjell Hedvall, Mayor, City of Lidköping together with Russ Dennis, President, Leading Edge Hydraulics.
Smedja Therese Design AB, local blacksmith company from Götene, received it´s first U.S. export order from AmericanSwedish Institute in Minneapolis, MN. Smedja Therese Design´s goal is to sell to every state in the U.S., today have two stores in two different states.
Therese Engdahl, blacksmith, forging live, at blacksmith shop at Midway Village, Rockford, infront of an excited audience.
News coverage in NLT, September 11, 2015; about Smedja Therese Design AB´s first U.S. export order!
CEO:s from Brodit AB from Karlsborg, Sweden and ProClip USA (Madison, WI), have several times shared their know how about their successful trans-atlantic business partnership, to spur others.
Sold out (43 delegates) ”Sweden Trip” took place in September. Trip led by SwedishAmerican Foundation and put together as a result of a business partnership between Lindstrom Travel and Nybergs buss. Trip focused on health care, sustainability, innovation and heritage. Several best practices and introductions within these fields were made.
Nine political and community leaders and two local company owners, visit the Midwest in November, with the purpose to evaluate and discuss the future of the Industrial Partnership Agreement.
Sustainability best practices exchange between Lidköping, Skaraborg and Sustain Dane.
Several skype and in person introductions and meetings between companies and organizations within the area of sustainability, hydraulics, communication services and others.
Chris Kelley and Kathy Velasco from V2 Marketing and Communication, exchanging web site development insight with Johan Lundberg, from Hemsida på en dag.
Linnea together with Rockford´s Mayor, Larry Morrissey, and his wife, Stacy Morrissey, at the Swedish Council of American 40th & Swedish Historical Society´s 75th Anniversary, at the Prairie Street Brewhouse.
Several media hits; approximately 15 news paper stories, five TV coverages and three radio interviews.
TV News coverage:
WREX April: Lidköping delegation
WREX April: Lidköping delegation
WREX November 17: Blacksmith
WTVO October 21: Nursing students
WIFR October: Nursing students
WREX October: Nursing students
Swedish Historical Society of Rockford, was given a generous donation of $ 1,5 million, from deceased Conrad Johnson, who when he passed, was the oldest living American. He originated from the County of Skaraborg. Swedish Historical Society, who recently purchased a new building, the Nordic Cultural Center, have reserved funding for a group of De la Gardiegymnasiet construction students during 2016 to work on the Nordic Cultural Center.
Nordic Cultural Center.
Ribbon cutting at the Nordic Cultural Center. In photo: parts of Swedish Historical Society Board.
Eight nursing students and two teachers from De la Gardiegymnasiet, learned about U.S. health care, during two-three weeks in October at SwedishAmerican Hospital.
Three exchange students from University of Skövde at Rockford University.
Universitet of Skövde, PhD representatives, Catharina Gillsjö och Susanne Andersson in Rockford, explored international educational partnership with College of Medicine at Rockford and SwedishAmerican Health System. At the moment, rotation programs (study and clinical) for nursing (RN or higher level ) from University of Skövde, and Medical students from College of Medicine, are being developed.
University of Wisconsin expressed great interest in sending interns to the County of Skaraborg, an international officer visit Sötåsen agriculture school, Rörstrand Museum, and other organizations in June.
Linnea serves on the boards of: Swedish Historical Society, SwedishAmerican Chamber of Commerce-Chicago and Stateline World Association.
Lidköping and Skaraborg´s Sustainability work presented during Northern Illinois Renewable Energy Expo 2015.