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Global Atlanta is the only news service devoted to covering international business as it affects Atlanta and Georgia. Through personal, in-depth reporting on our website and an email newsletter that sums up each week's stories, Global Atlanta tracks how local companies are engaging with the global economy and how foreign enterprises are fueling Atlanta's rise as an international business center. To gather news, we rely on 20 years of connections spanning Atlanta's global business community. By committing to original, trustworthy content that enhances readers' professional lives, our website has become a key venue where like-minded business leaders, government officials, economic developers and students can come together to gain insight about global business in our city. In addition to news, GlobalAtlanta.com publishes an international calendar of business, educational and cultural events at http://www.globalatlanta.com/events. Subscribe to get our weekly news update and digest of events at www.globalatlanta.com/subscribe.

Mission: To provide timely, engaging local news with a global perspective that enriches readers' understanding of business-related issues while fostering personal connections that help boost their bottom line.

"Many of this year’s winners don’t see themselves as traditional exporters but have found themselves exploring internati...
02/24/2020
Metro Export Challenge Settles Into Fifth Year, Names 12 Awardees - Global Atlanta

"Many of this year’s winners don’t see themselves as traditional exporters but have found themselves exploring international markets."

Learn more about how the Metro Export Challenge facilitated by the Metro Atlanta Chamber helps local companies find markets globally through $5K grants:

https://www.globalatlanta.com/metro-export-challenge-settles-into-fifth-year-names-12-awardees/

Now in its fifth year, the Atlanta Metro Export Challenge has hit its stride, with 12 new awardees selected last Wednesday from an array of sectors to receive $5,000 reimbursable grants in support of their international sales efforts this year. Facilitated by the Metro Atlanta Chamber, the challenge...

International travelers in #Georgia spend more than four times their domestic counterparts, lending 1.4 million foreign ...
02/19/2020
International Visitors Have Outsized Influence on Georgia’s Record Tourism Year - Global Atlanta

International travelers in #Georgia spend more than four times their domestic counterparts, lending 1.4 million foreign visitors an outsized impact on tourism's contribution to the state's economy.

See the breakdown (with charts for top 10 source and spending markets): https://www.globalatlanta.com/international-visitors-have-outsized-influence-on-georgias-record-tourism-year/

Photo: Explore Georgia

A record tourism year in which Georgia saw 111.7 million visitors spending $36.9 billion in the state was bolstered by the growing international segment, where stays tend to be longer and spending levels higher. The nearly 1.4 million international visitors, up 1.4 percent from the year before, may....

The picture may be murkier these days, but company and industry representatives at a Macon trade and investment symposiu...
02/14/2020
Macon Symposium on Trade and Investment: Complexities Growing, but Balance Still Favors Global Engagement - Global Atlanta

The picture may be murkier these days, but company and industry representatives at a Macon trade and investment symposium still believe that in 2020, Georgia has more to gain than to lose in engaging with the global economy.

https://www.globalatlanta.com/macon-symposium-on-trade-and-investment-complexities-growing-but-balance-still-favors-global-engagement/

Our summary of the second annual event sponsored by Christopher N. Smith, with speakers from Consulate General of Japan in Atlanta, VibraCool and DuoTherm by Pain Care Labs, Georgia Department of Economic Development's Georgia Centers of Innovation and Irving Tissue.

The picture may be murkier these days, but company and industry representatives at a Macon trade and investment symposium still believe that in 2020, Georgia has more to gain than to lose in engaging with the global economy. During the Jan. 16 forum at Wesleyan College organized by the law offices o...

Paintings in the Atlanta airport's "Transcendent" exhibition include market genre painting, landscapes displaying Haiti’...
02/11/2020
Hartsfield-Jackson Features Haitian Art That Draws Diplomats from D.C. and NYC - Global Atlanta

Paintings in the Atlanta airport's "Transcendent" exhibition include market genre painting, landscapes displaying Haiti’s everyday life and natural beauty, dream-like works highlighting the interweaving of Catholic imagery in Vodou practices, as well as remarkable sculptures beaten out of 55-gallon steel drums.

https://www.globalatlanta.com/hartsfield-jackson-features-haitian-art-show-that-draws-diplomats-from-d-c-and-nyc/

For Gandy Thomas his return to Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport on Jan. 30 was a kind of homecoming. “I have been dreaming of this ever since I first arrived in Atlanta,” Mr. Thomas, the former consul general of Haiti and dean of the Consular Corps, told Global Atlanta while tour...

When Anne Cox Chambers died at 100 on Jan. 31, Atlanta lost one of its closest connections with Europe. More on how she ...
02/10/2020
Anne Cox Chambers’ Legacy Links Atlanta With Belgium, France and Beyond - Global Atlanta

When Anne Cox Chambers died at 100 on Jan. 31, Atlanta lost one of its closest connections with Europe.

More on how she linked the city with Belgium and France through the arts and beyond:
https://www.globalatlanta.com/anne-cox-chambers-legacy-links-atlanta-with-belgium-france-and-beyond/

The death of Atlanta’s Anne Cox Chambers at 100 on Jan. 31 prompted widespread reflections on her successes in business and philanthropy, as well as personal remembrances from family and friends about her political activism, love of gardening and down-to-earth nature. Many in the city’s internat...

Georgia companies with significant presence in #China continued working with nonprofits to aid the #coronavirus response...
02/04/2020
Georgia Companies, Nonprofits Contribute Coronavirus Aid to China - Global Atlanta

Georgia companies with significant presence in #China continued working with nonprofits to aid the #coronavirus response as confirmed cases eclipsed 20,000 Tuesday.

https://www.globalatlanta.com/georgia-companies-nonprofits-contribute-coronavirus-aid-to-china/

Georgia companies with significant presence in China continued working with nonprofits to aid the coronavirus response as confirmed cases worldwide eclipsed 20,000 Tuesday. Delta Air Lines Inc., which last week suspended all flights to China through April, donated $250,000 to the Red Cross Society o...

Meet Judy Oh, the Atlanta woman who was one of 50 young people from around the world chosen to interact with top politic...
02/03/2020
Meet the Young Atlanta Woman Shaping the World Economic Forum - Global Atlanta

Meet Judy Oh, the Atlanta woman who was one of 50 young people from around the world chosen to interact with top political, business and cultural leaders as delegates shaping this year's World Economic Forum.

In an interview, we discussed her experiences at the conclave, from chatting with music icon Yo-Yo Ma to sharing ideas on global consciousness, shaping the future of responsible capitalism and collaborating across cultures and generations to effect change:

https://www.globalatlanta.com/meet-the-young-atlanta-woman-shaping-the-world-economic-forum/

Editor’s note: Judy Oh is a member of Atlanta hub of the Global Shapers, a group of young global leaders designated by the World Economic Forum to further its goals and initiatives in more than 400 hub cities in 154 countries. Each January, some 50 Shapers are chosen as delegates to the annual for...

Atlanta-based Delta Air Lines Inc. is halving its total weekly flights between the U.S. and China to 21 from 42 as deman...
01/30/2020
Delta Halving Weekly China Flights as Coronavirus Outbreak Hits Travel Demand - Global Atlanta

Atlanta-based Delta Air Lines Inc. is halving its total weekly flights between the U.S. and China to 21 from 42 as demand drops due to the novel coronavirus outbreak in the country.

https://www.globalatlanta.com/delta-halving-weekly-china-flights-as-coronavirus-outbreak-hits-travel-demand/

Atlanta-based Delta Air Lines Inc. is halving its total weekly flights between the U.S. and China to 21 from 42 as demand drops due to the novel coronavirus outbreak in the country. All the airline’s current “U.S.-China gateways,” including an Atlanta-Shanghai nonstop route, will still be serv...

A top International Trade Administration official touted the benefits of the newly passed USMCA and China deals during a...
01/30/2020
Commerce Official Touts Benefits of USMCA, China Deal in Atlanta - Global Atlanta

A top International Trade Administration official touted the benefits of the newly passed USMCA and China deals during an Atlanta visit this week.

Read more of his take on the advantages of the trade deals for US exporters here:

https://www.globalatlanta.com/commerce-official-touts-benefits-of-usmca-china-deal-in-atlanta/

Landmark trade deals with China and Mexico and Canada are just the first evidence U.S. trade strategy is helping level the playing field and drive opportunity for Georgia exporters, a Commerce Department official said during a meeting with about 15 Atlanta executives Monday. Two days before Presiden...

Georgia Governor Brian Kemp is visiting #Germany this week promoting investment in the state. Yesterday he visited a Por...
01/24/2020
Kemp Visits Porsche Electric Vehicle Plant on Germany Trip - Global Atlanta

Georgia Governor Brian Kemp is visiting #Germany this week promoting investment in the state. Yesterday he visited a Porsche electric sports car factory that could be hit hard if Trump imposes auto tariffs on the EU as threatened:

https://www.globalatlanta.com/kemp-visits-porsche-electric-vehicle-plant-on-germany-trip/

When Gov. Brian Kemp visited Porsche’s new electric vehicle plant in Stuttgart, the sports car maker made a thoughtful choice for his tour guide. The governor walked the production line of the brand new Taycan Turbo all-electric sports car with Detlev von Platen, an executive who led Porsche Cars ...

Always good to get a good ways #OTP to talk Trade and Investment around Georgia. Thanks to Christopher Smith, Wesleyan C...
01/20/2020

Always good to get a good ways #OTP to talk Trade and Investment around Georgia.

Thanks to Christopher Smith, Wesleyan College - First For Women and our illustrious panel with representatives from
Consulate General of Japan in Atlanta, Georgia Department of Economic Development Centers of Innovation, Irving Tissue and Pain Care Labs for making the second annual Macon, Georgia symposium a success.

Already looking forward to next year...

Photos by Bonnie M. Moret Photography

Our founder Philip Bolton pulled this biography of English literary giant Samuel Johnson off his shelf 40 years after pu...
01/02/2020
Books 2019: The Literary Giant Who Valued the Little Man - Global Atlanta

Our founder Philip Bolton pulled this biography of English literary giant Samuel Johnson off his shelf 40 years after purchasing it for $1.25. He found reaffirmation of advice an uncle had given him: "Don't let book learning get in the way of your education."

Read here and find more of our annual reader book reviews on our homepage:

https://www.globalatlanta.com/books-2019-the-literary-giant-who-valued-the-little-man/

Book: Samuel Johnson: A Biography Author: Professor John Wain Review by: Phil Bolton, founder, Global Atlanta During a recent Christmas tour of homes in Atlanta, I visited several newly, beautifully restored houses and was most struck by the absence of books on the shelves. It was said that in the S...

Wrapping up 2019 with influential readers' reviews of their best books read this year, including this one from Georgia S...
12/31/2019
Books 2019: Lessons, but No Simple Answers, From History's Great Leaders - Global Atlanta

Wrapping up 2019 with influential readers' reviews of their best books read this year, including this one from Georgia State University President Mark Becker on leadership:

https://www.globalatlanta.com/books-2019-lessons-but-no-simple-answers-from-historys-great-leaders/

See 15-20 more reviews on our homepage.

Title: Leaders: Myth and Reality Author: General Stanley McChrystal Review by: Mark Becker, President, Georgia State University What drew me to this book is the subtitle, not the title. Gen. Stanley McChrystal is now a senior fellow at Yale University, and I have heard him speak, so I knew about his...

Deep conversation with Dutch Consul General Ard Van der Vorst last month on Dutch-American historical ties and solving c...
12/16/2019
Interview: Deeper Dutch Investment to Bring Solutions, Jobs to the South - Global Atlanta

Deep conversation with Dutch Consul General Ard Van der Vorst last month on Dutch-American historical ties and solving challenges on water, architecture, governance, design and more with Dutch solutions.

We also delve into his personal goal of ensuring Southern hospitality works for everyone. Read the interview: https://www.globalatlanta.com/interview-deeper-dutch-investment-to-bring-solutions-jobs-to-the-south/

It’s no accident that Ard Van der Vorst picked mid-November for an interview focused on the Netherlands’ relationship with the Southeast U.S. The Dutch consul general in Atlanta was keen to build on the momentum around Dutch-American Heritage Day, which each year marks the ties linking the natio...

The Atlanta Christkindl Market has more than doubled in size this year to more than 60 booths, thanks to its new locatio...
12/12/2019
Atlanta's German Christmas Market Grows With New Centennial Park Location - Global Atlanta

The Atlanta Christkindl Market has more than doubled in size this year to more than 60 booths, thanks to its new location at Centennial Olympic Park.

What you may not know is that with each purchase of an ornament, wooden toy, glass of gluehwein or piece of gingerbread, you're supporting German-language education throughout Georgia via the German American Cultural Foundation.

Learn more about the story behind the growth of the market, now in its fourth year: https://www.globalatlanta.com/atlantas-german-christmas-market-grows-with-new-centennial-park-location/

The Atlanta Christkindl Market is back and bigger than ever, and what it may have sacrificed in quaintness it makes up for in an enlarged footprint worthy of the holiday street markets that dot town squares back in Germany. In its fourth year, the German Christmas market has moved to Centennial Olym...

Teodoro Maus wasn't afraid to rock the boat. The architect, academic and artist-turned-diplomat served as Mexico's consu...
12/12/2019
Former Mexican Community Leader’s Legacy Highlighted at Tribute Ceremony - Global Atlanta

Teodoro Maus wasn't afraid to rock the boat. The architect, academic and artist-turned-diplomat served as Mexico's consul general for most of the '90s in Atlanta, as the city's Latin population swelled in the run-up to the Olympics and beyond.

Both as a diplomat and especially later as a community activist, he was known for pointing out injustices, sometimes bluntly, and organizing the community to fight them.

Mr. Maus, who had stayed in Atlanta and became an American citizen after leaving his consular post, died in November at 84. Those reflecting on his life and legacy at the Consulado General de México en Atlanta Dec. 5 called him the patriarch of the many organizations now fighting for greater representation for the city's Latin communities.

We dipped all the way back to 1993 in our archives for this retrospective on his life and legacy:

https://www.globalatlanta.com/former-mexican-community-leaders-legacy-highlighted-at-tribute-ceremony/

Atlanta was barely prepared for the 1996 Summer Olympics, the city’s epic transformational event. With the Games only 90 days away, a Washington Post reporter described Atlanta as the “hospitable but anxious first city of the South is like a frazzled hostess scrambling to set the table minutes b...

"Atlanta is late to the game. I think you need to break the mold to say, ‘Hey, we’re here.’" -- Our wide-ranging intervi...
11/14/2019
Interview: Colombia’s Ambassador on Tech Ties With Atlanta, Optimism on Venezuela and Long-Term Peace Prospects - Global Atlanta

"Atlanta is late to the game. I think you need to break the mold to say, ‘Hey, we’re here.’" -- Our wide-ranging interview with Colombia's Francisco Santos on how Atlanta can create a splash in South America by becoming a conduit for venture capital.

Editor’s note: The message at the Metro Atlanta Chamber from Colombian Ambassador Francisco Santos Tuesday was clear: the country of 50 million is not only open to American investment, but eagerly seeking more commercial engagement from its long-time military ally. In light of the U.S. trade spat ...

Three chances to see #Colombia's ambassador speak in Atlanta next week. Learn more about how Francisco Santos, a former ...
11/06/2019
Colombia Ripe With Opportunity, Ambassador Says Ahead of Visit to Georgia - Global Atlanta

Three chances to see #Colombia's ambassador speak in Atlanta next week. Learn more about how Francisco Santos, a former vice president, is promoting his country as an investment destination in today's column by Al Hodge:

https://www.globalatlanta.com/colombia-ripe-with-opportunity-ambassador-says-ahead-of-visit-to-georgia/

Editor’s note: Al Hodge, a professional economic developer with more than 40 years’ experience, is contributing his unique perspective on fostering trade and recruiting foreign investment with a new series of columns for Global Atlanta. Mr. Hodge writes about Georgia’s role in trade conversati...

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10/17/2019
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CARE CEO Michelle Nunn talks with GirlsGoingGlobal Founder Martice Sutton about the need to balance local/global activis...
10/15/2019
CARE Brings the Global Fight for Girls' Empowerment Home to Atlanta - Global Atlanta

CARE CEO Michelle Nunn talks with GirlsGoingGlobal Founder Martice Sutton about the need to balance local/global activism in the fight for gender equality at the World Affairs Council of Atlanta's #DayoftheGirl breakfast:

https://www.globalatlanta.com/care-brings-the-global-fight-for-girls-empowerment-home-to-atlanta/

This year, the international nonprofit CARE will for the first time conduct poverty-alleviation work in Atlanta, instituting a savings program for women based on a model that took off first in Niger. Village Savings and Loan Associations brings women together in local financial cooperatives, allowin...

A delicious chance to help the Bahamas is coming at the Atlanta International Night Market this Sunday. Learn more about...
10/04/2019
Atlanta Night Market’s Taste of Caribbean to Benefit Bahamas Relief - Global Atlanta

A delicious chance to help the Bahamas is coming at the Atlanta International Night Market this Sunday.

Learn more about how the three-day festival with an expected 60,000 attendees will benefit the Bahamas Consulate Atlanta's ongoing Hurricane Dorian relief efforts:

https://www.globalatlanta.com/atlanta-night-markets-taste-of-caribbean-to-benefit-bahamas-relief/

With 200 exhibitors and an expected 60,000 guests representing 75 countries, this weekend’s Atlanta International Night Market may be bringing the world to Alpharetta, but it’s also spreading some benefit beyond U.S. borders. Each day — or should we say evening — of the Oct. 4-6 festival wil...

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Come join China's Milliner, Elisabeth Koch Millinery Ltd., at her hat-making workshops, in her hometown of Atlanta this summer.
Even ran into someone from #ColumbusGA while reporting for this story last week...
More polluting than cars? Yes. For the past two years Fulton County has received an air quality score of F for ground level ozone pollution. The primitive engine of a leaf blower is massively polluting. We have thousands of these deafeningly loud and dangerously asthma inducing leaf blowers all over Atlanta. They are being banned all across the country. LINK: https://ww2.kqed.org/news/2017/02/13/more-pollution-than-cars-gas-powered-gardening-equipment-poses-the-next-air-quality-threat/