Does Göttingen Have a Steelers Bar?

I like the tone and spirit of today's P-G commentary titled "Germany on the Mon," though the piece disappoints for failing to refer, à la Heine, to the (in)famous Göttingen sausage. With that gustatory amendment, clearly Göttingen is a town after Pittsburgh's brat-loving heart. These are Diasporans in the making:

So what happened in Germany to bring about the "win-win" that Pittsburgh's economic development personnel and internationalists have been seeking in Germany for more than a decade? One of Pittsburgh's most recent business converts, Sycor Americas Inc., together with its German parent company, Sycor GmbH, hosted the "Göttingen meets Pittsburgh" conference to tell its business colleagues, government leaders and friends why Pittsburgh is such a great place for its American headquarters and why it chose Pittsburgh over other cities.

I only wish that One of America's Great Newspapers had the resources to assign a beat writer full-time to Pittsburgh's connections to international markets. In all seriousness, I nominate: China Millman.


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