Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross in Vienna

Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross arrived in Austria last Tuesday. In his meetings with Minister of Finance Gernot Blümel , Minister for Digital and Economic Affairs Margarete Schramböck , and Minister for Climate Action, Environment, Energy, Mobility, Innovation and Technology Leonore Gewessler , he discussed bilateral economic and trade relations. The USA is one of Austria’s most important trading partners, ranking second among the country’s export destinations. Austria is one of the fastest growing sources of foreign direct investment in the United States – with Austrian companies ...
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Ambassador Traina’s Trip to Tyrol

Ambassador Traina had a busy schedule for his trip to Tyrol. He had his inaugural visit with Governor Günther Platter . Topic of conversation were u.a. the economic relationships between the USA and Tirol. With more than 300,000 overnight stays guests from the U.S. play an important role in tourism. Ambassador Traina received a box of Tyrolean Schnapps ...
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Ambassador Traina hosts Entrepreneurship Breakfast

A beautiful autumn day for entrepreneurship and coffee. Thanks to Google Austria, Country Director Christine Antlanger-Winter for joining us today at the Entrepreneurship Breakfast and sharing Google’s view of the Austrian digital economy. Hosted in cooperation with the Austrian Wirtschaftskammer at the U.S. Ambassador’s residence in Hietzing, the entrepreneurship breakfast is a great chance for all members ...
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Austrian Delegation at SelectUSA Investment Summit

Ambassador Traina led the largest Austrian delegation ever to the Select USA Investment Summit, which took place this year from June 10-12 in Washington, D.C. More than 20 delegates, including representatives from multi-national companies with subsidiaries in the U.S., exporters, and dynamic tech startups, attended the most important FDI event in the United States. The ...
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Ambassador Traina speaks at the Entrepreneurship Breakfast at WKO

At the Entrepreneurship Breakfast – at the Wirtschaftskammer- headquarters with co-host Jürgen Roth – Ambassador Traina welcomed the participants, and announced that he will be leading the Austrian delegation, including eight innovative companies, to  The Global Entrepreneurship Summit  in The Hague on June 4 and 5. The Ambassador will also be leading the largest Austrian delegation on record to the ...
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Richard Fontaine on the Transatlantic Partnership

The Embassy invited Richard Fontaine, CEO of the think tank Center for a New American Security (CNAS), to Austria for discussions of the transatlantic partnership in an era of great power competition. Mr. Fontaine gave interviews to Die Presse and Tiroler Tageszeitung and talked at the Management Center Innsbruck and the Amerika Haus in Vienna. ...
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Ambassador Traina at the University of Vienna

Ambassador Traina visited the oldest university in the German-speaking world, the University of Vienna, to talk with American Studies students about American culture, politics, and foreign policy. In his introductory remarks the Ambassador emphasized the good relations between Austria and the United States. Afterwards he fielded questions from the students, covering a very wide range ...
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Entrepreneurship Breakfast at the Residence

Ambassador Traina invited to another “Entrepreneurship Breakfast” in his residence and offered, in cooperation with the Wirtschaftskammer, Austrian Entrepreneurs the opportunity to network and exchange ideas. The guests also learned about the Global Entrepreneurship Summit (GES) and Select USA Summit , the Austria to Austin Student Startup Program of the Embassy, and the WKÖ Accelerator Program Go Silicon ...
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Theodore R. Bromund about Transatlantic Relations

Expert speaker Theodore R. Bromund from The Heritage Foundation discussed changes and continuities in U.S. economic policy under the administration of President Trump. A few hours before he gave a joint interview for the Austria Presse Agentur and the newspaper Kurier.
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Ambassador Traina visits Vienna Business School

Ambassador Traina visited the Vienna Business School this week and gave a talk about his experiences as an entrepreneur. Later the Ambassador met with the students in charge of the school’s practice company Arte Fakt. Ambassador Traina thanked the students for the demonstration of the functions and departments of the company. “I was very impressed ...
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Ambassador Traina visits Miba and voestalpine

Ambassador Traina traveled to the industrial powerhouse of Upper Austria to visit two of the largest Austrian investors in the United States, voestalpine and Miba. Together, voestalpine and Miba employ thousands of Americans in plants from Texas to Wisconsin to Georgia, investing over $1 billion in the U.S. economy, not only investing in American manufacturing, ...
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Ambassador Traina at the Institute of Science and Technology

Ambassador Traina travelled to Klosterneuburg to visit the Institute of Science and Technology (IST) Austria, a research institute dedicated to basic research and graduate education in the natural and mathematical sciences. The Institute, which will celebrate its 10th anniversary in 2019, has grown from zero to an impressive 700 students, scholars and scientific and admin staff within less than ten years of ...
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Ambassador Traina meets with Uni Management Club

Ambassador Traina met with members of the Uni Management Club Vienna, a network of business students, to talk about his experiences as an entrepreneur as well as Austrian-American relations. During the Q&A, the students were particularly interested in Ambassador Traina’s career as technology entrepreneur and philanthropist in San Francisco, as well as his ambitions to ...
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Gala Dinner for Ambassador Traina

The American Chamber of Commerce in Austria hosted a gala dinner to welcome Ambassador Trevor Traina and his wife Alexis. In his remarks, Ambassador Traina emphasized the strong bilateral relations between Austria and the United States, particularly also regarding the economic sector. “I want to speak with people and entrepreneurs in Austria and listen to them and learn, how ...
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Ambassador hosted Go Silicon Valley alumni

Ambassador Traina hosted a group of ‘Go Silicon Valley’ alumni at the residence for a discussion on mentorship and support for Austrian entrepreneurs, tips on breaking into the U.S. market, and his experience as a serial entrepreneur. Go Silicon Valley is an initiative run by Austrian Trade within the Austrian Economic Chambers and Open Austria. ...
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Marshall Plan Exhibit – Austrian Ministry of Economics

The finissage of the handsome exhibit celebrating the 70th anniversary of the Marshall Plan that has been on display at the Austrian Ministry of Economics for the past month, provided an opportunity to review the impact of this landmark economic initiative for the benefit of European recovery following WWII.  Twelve panels outline the beginnings of ...
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New Approaches to U.S. Foreign Policy

On November 16, foreign policy expert Kim Holmes spoke at the Amerika Haus in Vienna about the outlook and implications for U.S.-European Relations in the Trump Administration. The lively discussion was moderated by Cengiz Günay. Kim R. Holmes is acting senior vice president for research at The Heritage Foundation. He oversaw the think tank’s defense and ...
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Political Economic Counselor Stephen Hubler’s trip to Salzburg and Styria

Last week Political Economic Counselor Stephen Hubler, Deputy Chief of Mission at the U.S. Embassy in Vienna, went to Salzburg and Graz, where he spoke about key aspects and targets of the Trump Administration.  On November 6 Mr. Hubler was invited to the Austro-American Society Salzburg (AAS) by AAS President Dr. Maria Ganauser and spoke ...
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Chargé d’Affaires in Vorarlberg

On November 2 and 3 Chargé d’Affaires Eugene Young visited the Western-most Austrian province Vorarlberg.  He visited the Jewish Museum in Hohenems and met with the museum’s director Dr. Hanno Loewy. During the talks in Bregenz with Landesstatthalter Mag. Karlheinz Rüdisser and Landtagspräsident Mag. Harald Sonderegger the importance of intensifying the already close economic ties ...
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