Transatlantic Growth Forum: Ohio and the West Midlands – Driving Innovation Together

The Greater Birmingham Transatlantic Chamber of Commerce invites you attend this exclusive event in partnership with JobsOhio.

This event will bring together senior business leaders, industry representatives and investors from across the Ohio and West Midlands regions to focus on the changing face of these industrial heartlands as they move forward in adopting innovation, new technologies and a more sustainable future. 

The Greater Birmingham Transatlantic Chamber of Commerce is delighted to welcome Alina Harastasanu, Director of European Business Development at JobsOhio, the economic development agency for the U.S. State of Ohio to share insights on Ohio’s key industries; advanced manufacturing, future mobility including automotive, aviation and aerospace, chemicals, healthcare and medical technology and professional/financial services and the incentives and support available to those looking to expand, scale-up or establish a U.S. footprint.

With the opportunity to learn from trailblazing West Midlands company Aurrigo who have already built a presence in Ohio, the discussion will  be supported by an expert panel including Greater Birmingham Transatlantic Chamber of Commerce member Mazars and trade and investment specialists OCO Global who will cover the latest updates on the U.S. Inflation Reduction Act (IRA), the potential impact of upcoming elections and the challenges and opportunities for the U.S. and UK markets with the slow but steady move towards electrification and sustainability.  


3:30pm Arrival, Registration and Networking

4:00pm Welcome Remarks: Sian Timmins, Head of International Divisions, Greater Birmingham Transatlantic Chambers of Commerce

4:05pm Opening Address: Alina Harastasanu, Director of European Business Development, JobsOhio 

4:10pm Unlocking Business Opportunities in the U.S./Navigating the U.S. market: Vesko Petkov, Partner & UK Leader Automotive & Manufacturing, Forvis Mazars

4:30pm Spotlight on Ohio; Driving Growth and Innovation, Alina Harastasanu, JobsOhio  

4:50pm Case Study: Ohio welcomes West Midlands Aurrigo, Ian Grubb, CFO, Aurrigo

5:10pm Cutting Through the Noise – the Inflation Reduction Act and 2024 Presidential Elections – Nick Watson, Director, OCO Global

5:30pm Panel Discussion and Audience Q&A’s: Chaired by Nick Watson, OCO Global

6:00pm Closing remarks and guests to enjoy networking reception

7:00pm Event Close



The Banqueting Suite, The Council House,
Victoria Square, Birmingham, B1 1BB 

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