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Dent, Gerlach welcome German diplomat to Lehigh Valley

Published On: Nov 18 2012 12:26:21 PM EST   Updated On: Nov 19 2012 06:16:28 AM EST

Congressmen Charlie Dent and Jim Gerlach will be welcoming German Ambassador Peter Ammon to the Lehigh Valley area on Monday.

Gerlach and Dent organized the visit by the German diplomat to strengthen cultural and economic ties between the United States and one of its key European allies, according to a press release from the legislators.

Several events are planned throughout the day in the 6th Congressional District that Gerlach represents and the 15th Congressional District that Dent represents.


Gerlach is co-chairman of the House German-American Caucus and Dent is a German-American Caucus member.

Among the planned events are a business roundtable discussion in Allentown, a walking tour of historic Bethlehem and a traditional Pennsylvania German lunch at Kutztown University.

Gerlach is a co-founder and current co-chairman of the bipartisan House German-American Caucus, which aims to build a closer relationship with the European ally to encourage additional investment in America.

"In addition to providing a platform for educating German-based companies about the benefits of investing in America's highly-educated, extremely motivated workforce in Southeastern Pennsylvania, the German-American Caucus can be a catalyst for opening German markets to American-made products," states a release from the legislators.

Germany imports more than $50 billion in American-made goods each year.

Germany is the largest market for U.S. goods in Europe. And German-owned companies have created 700,000 jobs in the United States, according to the release from Dent and Gerlach.