Tuesday, April 10, 2012
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Gwinnett Daily Post
LAWRENCEVILLE -- Gwinnett's business and civic leaders are half a world away, working to recruit international businesses in China.
Gwinnett Chairwoman Charlotte Nash, high-ranking state Sen. Don Balfour and Norcross Mayor Bucky Johnson have joined Chamber leaders on the nine-day trip, which includes representing the United States in the 10th annual Chongqing Hi-Tech Fair.
"Business recruitment on a global level - is vital to maintaining Georgia's competitive edge," Balfour said. "The delegation's top priorities are to build relationships with Chinese business leaders and create economic ties that will strengthen our community as a market for global trade and commerce."
With appointments set with the China Council for the Promotion of International Trade and HSBC Bank, officials hope to make inroads for a community already home to 580 international businesses. The highlight is the Chongqing fair, officials said.
"This Global Business Recruitment Mission provides a unique and dynamic opportunity to affordably meet representatives from over 30 countries at one single event," Nash said. "This mission is sowing seeds for future direct foreign investment that will ultimately lead to more jobs in Gwinnett."
In addition to Chamber Vice President Nick Masino, local China experts Stella Xu of the Georgia Department of Economic Development, Matt Blitz of the U.S.-China Cultural Exchange and local businessman Monty Chiu.
"International trade bolsters connections for leads and opportunities that position Gwinnett and Metro Atlanta as the best entry point for expanding business in the U.S.," said Nick Masino, Senior Vice President of Economic Development and Partnership Gwinnett at the Gwinnett Chamber. "This mission through access to countries and companies from around the world will afford us these opportunities and further lead to job growth and wealth creation the holistic purpose of the community's Partnership Gwinnett initiative."
Later this month, representatives from Chongqing plan to reciprocate the visit, the release said.