During her time as Michigan’s Governor, Jennifer Granholm spent 8 years building a close relationship with Germany by pushing for strong economic and cultural partnerships. After making her first trip to the country in 2004, 49 German companies invested over $2 billion and 20,000 jobs in the state of Michigan, and as a result, Granholm was awarded the Officer’s Cross of the Order of Merit late last month, which is the highest honor that can be bestowed upon an American civilian by the President of Germany.
Fred Hoffman, Germany’s Honorary Consul in Michigan, presented Jennifer Granholm with the award and commented on her commitment by recognizing the effort she put in to bringing Germany and Michigan closer together by working with some of Germany’s top public officials and CEOs, including Daimler and Bosch.
This isn’t the first honor Granholm has received as a result of her foreign ties however. Back in 2010, while she was still Governor, the King of Sweden, Carl XVI Gustaf, also awarded her with the Order of the Polar Star. Jennifer Granholm’s involvement with Sweden resulted in a large investment of clean energy to the state of Michigan.