From Gray to Green: Exploring and Comparing German, US Models of Economic Transition

September 22nd,2023 | 12:00 PM - 1:30 PM
Professor/Instructor/Speaker: Ben  SpeggenM.A.

From Gray to Green: Exploring and Comparing German, US Models of Economic Transition


JES Vice President Ben Speggen was invited by the Federal Foreign Office of Germany to attend a week-long international study tour on structural economic change – particularly around coal and steel and emerging green industries. He will share what he saw and learned, including a comparison of the U.S.'s bottom-up approach to place-based economic development contrasted to Germany's top-down; the political implications at the local, national, and global levels of both; the evolving roles of universities; and what the countries stand to teach – and learn from – each other through Transatlantic idea-sharing.


Location: Jefferson Educational Society - 3207 State Street, Erie, PA 16508

Date/Time: Friday, September 22 at Noon

Admission: FREE, optional $5 boxed lunch (please pre-register 48 hours in advance for lunch) 

Parking: lot behind building, State Street, 33rd Street, 32nd Street, French Street

Ben  SpeggenM.A.
Program Director

Ben Speggen eats, sleeps, and breathes stories. From editing, writing, and researching at Erie Reader, where he has served as the publication's managing editor since its launch in 2011, to having taught writing and literature as an adjunct lecturer at local universities, he is constantly working with words, observing how they shape and make meaning in order to reveal the world around us through the art of storytelling. Working in media and being a social creature, he is continually fascinated by the world of social media and lectured on the use of Twitter for businesses as well as best practices for blogging. He also hosts the community affairs-based program Weekend All Things Erie on WQLN, which airs Saturday mornings at 7 and is available online.