Mayor’s Office of International Affairs Hosts “Experience Atlanta” Consular Corps Tour
Mayor’s Office of Communications
55 Trinity Avenue, Suite 2500 • Atlanta, Georgia 30303
Keith Reed, Deputy Press Secretary
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: May 25, 2016
Thế giới cáNews Release
ATLANTA Thế giới cá–The Mayor’s Office of International Affairs today hosted its second “Experience Atlanta Consular Corps Tour,” providing an opportunity to introduce foreign diplomats to Atlanta, inform them of new city initiatives, connect with city leaders and showcase Atlanta as a world class city to live, work and play.
This year’s program featured presentations by Invest Atlanta President and CEO Dr. Eloisa Klementich, Theia Washington, Executive Director of The Women’s Entrepreneurship Initiative, Shelby Grubbs, Executive Director of the Atlanta Center for International Arbitration and Mediation, Stephanie Stuckey Benfield, Director of the Mayor’s Office of Sustainability, Roosevelt Council, Interim Aviation General Manager of Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport, Dina Marto, Owner of Twelve Studios and Michelle Maziar, Director of the Mayor’s Office of Immigrant Affairs.
Nearly 80 diplomats, business and community leaders and city officials took part in the day’s activities, which were highlighted by Mayor Kasim Reed’s keynote luncheon on the rooftop of Ponce City Market.
Thế giới cá“Atlanta has been an international city for decades, thanks in part to the leadership of Ambassador Andrew Young,” Mayor Reed stated during his keynote address. “But over the past six years our connections and presence on the international stage have grown, and I have to thank all of you here today for this."
Thế giới cáThe City of Atlanta is home to more than 70 consular and trade offices, 40 bi-national chambers of commerce and more than 2,700 international businesses. To ensure Atlanta’s global competitiveness, Mayor Reed re-opened the Office of International Affairs in July 2013 to maintain relationships with Atlanta's international community, foreign partners and global constituents. Since its opening, the Office of International Affairs has assisted key partners in attracting several foreign companies to Atlanta including Sage Group PLC, Bauerfeind and Cielo, new international air carriers such as Turkish Airlines and large-scale international events such as the 2016 Clinton Global Initiative America Meeting, which is set to begin in a few weeks.
“Attracting foreign direct investment, assisting Atlanta-based companies in their exporting activities, and increasing international cooperation with our world-class universities, NGOs and cultural centers are all key components of our strategy,” said Director of International Affairs Claire Angelle. “Fostering strong relationships with Atlanta’s diplomatic community is imperative to our work and to furthering Atlanta on the global stage."The City of Atlanta is ranked number one by FDi Magazine in the Americas for its Foreign Direct Investment Strategy. The Kearney Global Cities Index has now ranked Atlanta the 36th most global city in the world, up from 40th in 2010.
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